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How to Avoid Spamvertisement

Spamvertisement

Introduction

Spamvertisement is just like spam but the difference is that spamvertisement report is sent to the recipient when an email or any other message, marked as spam includes a link to a website hosted by the same platform. It is an important issue to address because there is a need to ensure sites on your platform are not assisting spammers. Steps you should follow when handling spamvertisement reports are similar to the regular spam report. However, the difference lies in the mailing campaign that should be investigated. The other difference is that removing the reported link from your server is also an option. This option is more relevant particularly when you do not know a certain website is being served from your platform. It happens sometimes when the server is compromised. Thus, if you believe the spamvertisement relates to a system compromise, take additional steps that will help you establish the source of such compromised and consequently secure the server. At times, spammers will include links to unrelated websites as a way of adding legitimacy to the spam. It helps them get around the spam filters.

How to Avoid Spamvertisement

Spamvertising means vandalizing online forums, blogs, or wikis using hyperlinks to get a higher engine search ranking, especially for the vandal’s website. Most often, spamvertisers will insert links into their website, particularly sites that purport to sell certain commercial products then add keywords of common and related searches.

The main objective is that a search engine will find a vandalized page full of links, hence improving the popularity ratings of those pages linked. It can be done using automated editing programs which search for editable text fields from web forums and fill them automatically using web links. Typically, the links lead to porn, pills, and poker sites.

Legitimate website providers cannot tolerate the practice and will immediately delete sites that have been spamvertised. As a result, there are many editable resources online which employ anti-spam countermeasures, for examples captchas that prevent automated editing.

Possible solutions

Block certain ads

You cannot stop getting online ads. However, it’s possible to remove certain ads which you do not want. Also, you may stop getting those ads depending on the info and interests you have.

Stop pop-ups ads

You may achieve this by turning off ads popping up on chrome as well as most of the other browsers. And if you still can see them, there is a need to learn how you can avoid malware in chrome.

Remove unwanted ads

When you block an advert, you stop seeing it from the concerned advertiser. Again, you may need to block several ads if the advertiser has several websites. On the Google services and next to the ad, using Google search from a tablet or your phone, click on that info to turn off the show ads coming from the advertiser. Consequently, from the YouTube, choose info then tap on stop seeing ad and on Gmail, choose info, click on control this ad, then block the advertiser. 

On the websites of the apps partnering with Google to show adverts, at top right of the ad, choose remove in order to stop seeing the ad. Also, at top right of the ad, click remove, followed by report the ad.

Turn off personalized ads

Another solution to spamvertisement is turning off personalized ads. To do this, you go to the page on Ad Settings, then select where you wish changes should apply. Do it on all the devices you are signed for and if at all you are not signed in any, at top right you need to select, then sign in and follow the subsequent steps. Again, on the current browser or device you use, remain signed out. Finally, you need to turn off the ad personalization.

Once your personalization is off, Google cannot use info from you in personalizing your ads. Moreover, ads may be targeted through info such as your current location and the contents of websites you often visit.

Save the settings for Chrome browser

You may need to turn off your browser personalization through the installation of interest-Based Ads Opt-Out extensions.

However, turning off ad personalization or blocking a Google ad cannot do the following:-

  • Stop all ads-on turning off personalization, Google ads have other options such as your general location and the content from those websites you still visit.
  • Change other network ads-essentially, your settings on the Google ad do not change the other ad network.  
  • Update on your settings for the signed-out device-You need to learn about getting ad preference on most of your devices.
  • Keep the signed-out preferences with no cookies-whenever you delete cookies or use those browsers that block cookies, then your ad settings do not apply.
  • If you want to clear the cookies but not lose the settings, install an app known as Protect My Choices.
  • The majority of mobile devices do not use cookies. So on the tablet or phone, look for the settings of interest-based adverts, ad identifiers, and ad personalization.

Other resolutions to spamvertisement

  1. If the actual website advertisement is through spam messages, you can deal with it by suspending or banning the website.
  2. If the link to your website has no permission, you should mark the case with spamco as “URL used without permission”.
  3. If a person reports the received message as spam, you can then mark the case with spamcopas “under investigation”. Further, contact the owner of such mailing list for the purposes of removing either the complainer’s email address from the list or URL/link from their mailer’s content.
  4. For any other reasons, select “Add a note” in the spamcop menu then provide an explanation.   

Conclusion

To spamvertise is to utilize spam in advertising a product, website, or any other project. The term is mostly used in such a derogatory way about unscrupulous advertising efforts. Spamvertising results in a red flag on a site in question and after blacklisting of the site, hackers try hijacking other clean sites in order to subject them to spamvertising. It’s done through a hyperlinking system particularly in the actual emails. However, security experts have introduced certain tools such as Wordfence as a way of combating spamvertising by third parties. Bayesian algorithms and heuristics are used by emails services in finding and isolating spam emails.

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