Saturday, December 16, 2006

How to stop signup form spam

Several clients have recently reported that they are getting a lot of fake information submitted to their JangoMail Group signup forms on their web sites. These automatic submissions are done by web form robots. For more information about this problem, Google "form spam".

We have come up with a solution that will eliminate most signup form spam. The FORM tag generated by the "Signup Form Generator" looks like:

action = "" method = "POST"
name="J3998964" id="J3998964">

Modifying this to:

<form enctype="multipart/form-data"
action = "" method = "POST"
name="J3998964" id="J3998964">

will fix the issue of form spam, because by setting the form's encoding method, this will cause most robotic spam form submissions to fail because they will submit the form with the WRONG encoding type. Note the differences:

1. The addition of enctype="multipart/form-data" to the FORM tag.
2. Changing PGSF2.asp to PGSF2ENC.asp

Only use this method if your existing form's ACTION tag is set to PGSF2.asp. If your form's ACTION tag uses a different file, then you must re-create the signup form using the "Signup Form Generator" under the "Groups and Email Addresses" section, and then apply this method.

Monday, December 11, 2006

A note about sending personalized attachments

Customers wishing to send mass personalized attachments to their recipients should now use the Add Attachment 6 field on the Send Email page as opposed to the primary Add Attachment 1 field. Only Add Attachment 6 supports the personalized attachments feature.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

New Feature: Force Recipients for Quality Control

We have added a new feature which allows you to have all mass e-mail messages sent from your account to be also sent automatically to up to TEN pre-determined e-mail addresses. Large organizations that have many users using JangoMail can use this method as a quality control measure, since it will allow one to see all e-mail messages sent from an account.

This new feature can be configured under My Options --> Force Recipients.

A copy of all mass e-mails sent from the account will be sent to the designated e-mail addresses. However, e-mail messages that are previews, autoresponders, triggers will NOT be sent to the designated e-mail addresses.