A spambot is a program designed to collect, or harvest, e-mail addresses from the Internet in order to build mailing lists for sending unsolicited e-mail, also known as spam.A spambot can gather e-mail addresses from Web sites, newsgroups, special-interest group postings, and chat-room conversations. Because e-mail addresses have a distinctive format, spambots are easy to write.
A number of programs and approaches have been devised to foil spambots. One such technique is known as munging, in which an e-mail address is deliberately modified so that a human reader can decode it but a spambot cannot. This has led to the evolution of sophisticated spambots that can recover e-mail addresses from character strings that appear to be munged.
When you put your e-mail address on a page of your website, this might contribute in how much junk e-mail you will receive. Spam-robots continually search the web for e-mail addresses. They look for links with a mailto: in the <a> tags.
- Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information.
- Don't put email ID directly to any web pages or mails.
- Do not use the links in an email to get to any web page.
- Avoid completing forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information.
- Regularly check your security software status and Firewall Settings
- Make sure your browser is up to date and security patches are applied.
- Don't give your mail ID to unknown persons and contacts.
- When using public computers, don't forget to clear cache and cookies after browsing website and also, don't save your sensitive data anywhere in the public computer.