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    Default Lots of virus spam today

    Anyone else? I am being bombarded. Something getting through the BP spam system?

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    It a pain in the as*. I get loads of it
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    Yeah, more than usual today though, coming in blocks, all with the same title.

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    Still loads more coming in... x7 or so at a time every hour or so. Has anything happened Rich. This seems to have started since our server move. Even our own out emails are now being reported as going into people's junk/spam folders.

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    At the risk of sounding like a broken record: use Google Apps.

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    Yes, I shall take your advice Thank you.

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    We use Google apps on our current site (not BP) and will do the same when we move to BP shortly. But we get a lot of spam in Gmail now because we have lots of email addresses on our current site - info@, sales@, orders@, etc. which get harvested. How do people handle this on their BP sites? I'm not a great fan of having just a contact form on the contact page, so will probably have one email address (info@) for all contact (plus telephone, address, etc). Hopefully this will reduce the amount of spam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bornfree View Post
    We use Google apps on our current site (not BP) and will do the same when we move to BP shortly. But we get a lot of spam in Gmail now because we have lots of email addresses on our current site - info@, sales@, orders@, etc. which get harvested. How do people handle this on their BP sites? I'm not a great fan of having just a contact form on the contact page, so will probably have one email address (info@) for all contact (plus telephone, address, etc). Hopefully this will reduce the amount of spam.

    If you need to have emails on site, make them text not a link, then they wont get harvested. Just have the contact form as a 'live' link.
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    I have got some email conflict cos of older Google accounts, so it has stopped me even signing up to Apps. It is never easy with Google, is it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fields of Blue View Post
    If you need to have emails on site, make them text not a link, then they wont get harvested. Just have the contact form as a 'live' link.
    Thanks for the tip Graham. I hadn't realised that not making email addresses a link prevented harvesting. Thought it was anything with @ that got caught, so that's good to know.

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    same here ... tons of quite offensive spam since saturday morning. I don't have any email links on the site and to be fair, rarely get any spam, but as Deefer said, its coming in blocks with the same title.
    Melanie

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    I spoke to Rich again because the problem wasn't just that we were getting a lot of spam but worryingly that a lot of our outgoing emails to customers and suppliers were getting seen as spam, since our server move last Friday. Rich gave me a new IP to use for the TXT/SPF destination/target. Hopefully this will fix it. Just letting people know in case any of you need to do the same, if you have TXT/SPF set up in your DNS settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deefer View Post
    Rich gave me a new IP to use for the TXT/SPF destination/target. Hopefully this will fix it. Just letting people know in case any of you need to do the same, if you have TXT/SPF set up in your DNS settings.
    This is pretty much unique to yourself as you're managing your own DNS but still using our email service. I don't think this applies to anyone else.
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    Oh OK, trust me to be different, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deefer View Post
    I have got some email conflict cos of older Google accounts, so it has stopped me even signing up to Apps. It is never easy with Google, is it.
    We have an issue where we are unable to use Google Apps due to an old account. So many people from Google/elsewhere have offered help to no avail. In the end I emailed Google directly pleading for assistance but received no reply so gave up. To be fair, if it's this hard to get help to sign up I am slightly nervous of how hard it would be to get help if you had an problems once a user. We use Office365 now and it works great.

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    That was the one I was considering (Office365) but again I struggled to find info on it, how to do it etc.... How did you get started please?

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    Many of these emails have attachments that contain viruses/trojans. Make sure you never open the attachments or click on links. Make sure your anti virus software is capable of scanning your incoming emails and detecting these threats. If in doubt, delete the email without opening it. Personally, I use ESET anti virus.

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    Not all of these emails are coming through my BP website. However, is it a coincidence that BP website owners are reporting an increase? Or is it just that everyone in the world is being targetted? Either way, be on your guard for emails bearing gifts (viruses/trojans). Better to be safe than sorry - don't open them, just delete them.

    P.S. If the emails are coming from your website, switch the "IP address" option on in the form (contact us) to see where they're coming from. I suspect the spammers are not going via your site but have your email address from somewhere else and sending the emails direct.

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    horrible amount today claiming to be from 123-Reg with very suspect attachments.
    Bather..

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    Me too. Loads including that 123-reg one.

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