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Spam-Protect web forms

Spam is not only a problem for emails, but more so for web forms. Bots from spammers try to fill out forms all over the internet. But unlike in your email inbox, the data from your web forms normally does not get spam filtered, which makes spam in these cases an even bigger problem. The goal is to add spam protection (CAPTCHA) to your web forms to make sure only humans fill in and submit the form.

E-Mail notifier

There are several application that can help us to notify us whenever we receive a new e-mail.

1. WebMail Notifier. This one is an add-on for firefox. With this application we can be notified for each incoming mail from many different mail account, such as: gmail, yahoo, hotmail, aol, daum, naver, nate, paran, etc.
You can download it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4490/

2. Gmail Notifier. This one is available for Windows and Mac user only. And as its name, can only be used to check gmail account.
Link for windows users: http://toolbar.google.com/gmail-helper/notifier_windows.html
Lini for mac users: http://toolbar.google.com/gmail-helper/notifier_mac.html
However, for linux users, Gmail notifier also provide an add-on for firefox that can be used: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/173/

Activity of account in Gmail

<p>If you're concerned about unauthorized access to your mail, you'll be able to use this data to find out if and when someone gained access. It's information we'd use to troubleshoot unauthorized account activity, and now it's available to you. Does the <strong>Access Type</strong> column show any unusual access? If you don't use POP to collect your mail, but your <strong>Recent activity</strong> table is showing some POP access, it may be a sign that your account has been compromised.</p>

Configuring gmail in outlook 2007

Have you ever tried to configure your outlook client mail program for gmail mail server? If yes, then you should be familiar with this damn error prompt: "The connection to the server has failed. Account: 'pop.gmail.com', Server: 'smtp.gmail.com', Protocol: SMTP, Port: 465, Secure(SSL): Yes, Socket Error: 10060, Error Number: 0x800CCC0E"

Providing contact to website users

How to provide the possiblity to contact a certain entity is difficult for many companies and organizations. Especially for small NGOs, it is not possible to have a big mailing infrastructure and to maintain server-side spam filtering. Therefore, email addresses should not be published as plaintext. Nevertheless, the website of the NGO should somehow offer the possibility to contact the NGO. It is important that the technology used is widespread and cheap, since NGOs do not have a large amount of money to spend on specialized technology. If possible, open source software should be used. As the existing infrastructure (apache server, msql server) is offered for free, it should be used to solve this problem. The only important thing is that spamming should not be possible and the tool should guarantee that a human being is trying to make contact, not an (evil) software program.

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