Spam Glossary - Glossary of spam related terms

ASCII Address Munger Address Munging Adsense Algorithm American Censorship Day Android Operating System Array Blacklist Bot Bounce Message CAPTCHA CISPA Center for Democracy and Technology Chain Mail Contact Form Cryptographic Hash Cryptographic Hash Fuction DSN Delivery Status Notification message Email Spoof Facebook Facebook, Inc Forum Google Google+ Google Adsense Google Inc Google Plus HTML Hash Hashed Password Internet Forum JavaScript Keyword Blacklist Larry Page Lawrence Canter & Martha Siegel Mark Zuckerberg Message Board Mung Munge Netiquette Obfuscation PIPA PPC Password Hashing Pay Per Click Phishing SOPA Search Engine Search Engine Bot Sergey Brin Snowshoe Spamming Social Network Spam Spam Bot Spam Filter Spam Spider Spamhaus Spamhaus Project Spammer Spamtrap Spider Spoof Spyware Steve Linford Stop Online Piracy Act Transparent Mangling UBE UCE Unsolicited Bulk Email Unsolicited Commercial Email Unsubscribe Usenet Web Crawler Web Robot Web Spider Well-Definition
- Pronounced AS'kee, is an acronym that stands for American Standard Code for Information Exchange. It is an extremely standard system that computers use to index every character that your computer can display. ASCII indices are useful because they allow you to display characters not found on your keyboard, like ¢, £, ¤, ¥, §, and °. See our ASCII tables in decimal and hexadecimal format.

Address Munger
- A program or script which munges your e-mail address. An easy and effective email address obfuscating tool exists here on See Address Munging.

Address Munging
- The practice of disguising or obfuscating an e-mail address to prevent it from being automatically collected and used as a target for spam. It once referred simply to mangling ofthe letters in an email address. However, the term "address munging" now includes using ASCII or JavaScript to display an email address that is readable by real people but tougher to read by spam bots.

- See Google Adsense.

- A precise set of rules specifying how to solve a problem or perform a task in a finite number of steps.

American Censorship Day
- On January 18th, 2012, more than 115,000 websites and 3 of the top 10 websites participated in a protes against SOPA. On this day, many of those websites completely blacked out some or all content on their websites.

Android Operating System
- An operating system for mobile devices, created by GoogleInc. Unline Apple's iPhone operating systems, Android is open to any device that chooses to use it, and as a result is used in hundreds of different phone types by many different companies.

- A systematic arrangement of objects, usually in rows and columns.

- A list of people or groups that are denied access to a particular privilege, frequently a website or social gathering. See also Keyword Blacklist

- A software program that imitates the behavior of a human.

Bounce Message
- An automated e-mail message from a mail system informing the sender about a problem with delivery. The origina message is said to have bounced. A bounce message is also called a Delivery Status Notification (DSN) message.

- CAPTCHA stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart". It is meant to help confirm that a response is not generated by a computer. Our contact form generator employs a CAPTCHA so that a contact form you generate for your site using our tool can be as secure against spam as possible.

- The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protetion Act. It is a proposed law in the United States which would allow the US government to receive internet traffic information from certain tech and manufacturing companies. The proposed law was universally panned by internet privacy advocates and civil libertarians.

Center for Democracy and Technology
- The Center for Democracy and Technology is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit advocacy group that works to promote liberal values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. They did research to determine the source of spam. They found that posting your e-mail address on your website can get you spam, but that obfuscating your e-mail address is highly effective. They also suggest that you never respond to or unsubscribe from spam e-mail, use multiple e-mail addresses, and not give your e-mail address to companies you do not trust.

Chain Mail
- A letter or email asking each recipient to send copies of the letter to other recipients. The best and most annoying example are those suggesting that for every person you send the letter to, some amount of money will be donated to a children's hospital or to some research company. Others include those promising differing degrees of future happiness directly proportional to the number of people the letter is forwarded to. Chain letters have been around for decades, and they were pretty popular on the internet from the start.

Notice that if everyone obeys a chain letter, a chain letter will spread with a geometric progression. One person sends it to three people. Those three each send it to three... that's nine. Those nine each send it to three... that's 27. Then 81, 243, 729, and 2187 receive the email. Slick spammers knew this. They eventually either caught on to the ease and popularity of sending chain e-mails, or perpetuated that popularity themselves. They would send a chain e-mails expecting to receive multiple copies of them eventually, together with the email addresses the letters had been sent to previously.

Contact Form
- An online form used to contact people without the use of a displayed e-mail address or e-mail-sending program or application. has developed a powerful contact form generator tool that has the added advantage of protecting your e-mail address from spam bots.

Cryptographic Hash
- See Hash

Cryptographic Hash Fuction
- A cryptographic hash function any well-defined procedure or mathematical function that converts data into a well-defined, obfuscated form in such a way that the original data can only be read using some form of the reverse of the cryptographic hash function. The output of a cryptographic hash function is called a cryptographic hash, or simply a hash. In the case of a hashed password, the the purpose of a cryptographic hash function is to create unique passwords, called hashes, for each site in such a way that, if the hash is forgotten, the user can recover the hashed password by using your original password and the URL of the website requiring your password.

- An acronym that stands for Delivery Status Notification. See Bounce message.

Delivery Status Notification message
- See Bounce message

Email Spoof
- See Spoof

- Currently the most popular social network. It was coded initially in large part by current CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but credit for its creation is generally given to Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

Facebook, Inc
- The American multinational internet corporation which runs the popular social network Facebook. It was privately owned by Mark Zuckerberg, but went public on February 1, 2012.

- See Internet Forum

- See Google Inc or

- A social network created by Google Inc. Though not necessarily struggling with 250 million users, it still pales in popularity to the social network Facebook.
- Currently the most popular search engine, created by cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Google Adsense
- Google Adsense is the most commonly used Pay Per Click (PPC) ad network that online websites use. The program allows publishers to target advertisements on other websites to other users based on website content automatically. As the name implies, Google Adsense is run by

Google Inc
- Google is a multibillion dollar, multinational corporation, most well known for their flagship search engine, However, they also provide many other internet-related services, such as the Android operating system, the social network Google+, and the Pay Per Click ad network Google Adsense. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Google Plus
- See Google+.

- Stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is the predominant markup language for web pages.

  1. Data that is scrambled in a well-defined way to produce a random-looking string that, when decoded returns the original data.
  2. Another word for a multidimensional array.

Hashed Password
- See Password Hashing

Internet Forum
- An online discussion site in which people can hold discussions in the theme of the site or subforum. Discussions are frequently called threads. Forum spamming is a violation of basic netiquette.

- Created by Netscape, JavaScript is arguably the simplest cross-platform web page scripting language. In a usual web page, you will see text and links. Those are written in HTML. Pretty much everything else that a web page can do requires JavaScript or another web scripting language.

Keyword Blacklist
- A list of words that is blocked from being used for a specific purpose, such as sending email or posting in forums. Frequently, keyword blacklists will blacklist strings of letters and numbers, successfully blocking the word "penisenlargement" by adding the string "penis" to the keyword blacklist. See this spam keyword blacklist for a particularly useful example of an email keyword blacklist.

Larry Page
- Cofounder of Google Inc and cocreator of the flagship search engine, together with Sergey Brin.

Lawrence Canter & Martha Siegel
- A husband-and-wife partners who posted the first commercial Usenet spam. This was a significant event in that it brought about the age of mass spam, in the sense that they created the precedent for the current global unapologetic spamming practice.

Mark Zuckerberg
- Cofounder of the social network Facebook. He was the world's youngest billionaire, until he was edged out by Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz, who is eight days his junior.

Message Board
- See Internet Forum

- To make repeated changes which individually may be reversible, but which ultimately result in unintentional, irreversible distruction of large portions of the original item. It is sometimes bacronymed "Mash until no good" or "Mung until no good". It is one of the first recursive acronyms. Rhymes with "Hung". See Munge, Address Munging.

- To attempt to create a strong, secure string like an email address or password through character substitution. It is sometimes bacronymmed as "Modify Until Not Guessed Easily". Rhymes with "Lunge". See Mung, Address Munging.

- A portmanteau (combination) of the words "net" and "etiquette". It is a set of informal social conventions on the internet. The majority of them are intuitive but they are evolving over time, especially to include respect for other people's right to privacy in social networks.

- The hiding or concealment of data, making data ambiguous or unreadable except when using a tool that can read the data. Our address munging tool obfuscates an e-mail address using both ASCII and JavaScript to hide your e-mail address from spam bots. A well-written contact form can also be considered an e-mail address obfuscator because it renders your e-mail address completely invisible. We recommend using our contact form generator because it is a much more effective tool for hiding your e-mail address.

- The Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, a Canadian law which governs how private sector organizations collect, use, and disclose personal information during commercial business.

- See Pay Per Click.

Password Hashing
- Password hashing is the act of using a script to create a new password, called a hash, from an old one. The hash should be completely distinct from the original password. A good password hash algorithm should make extremely different password hash given similar input values.

Pay Per Click
- An internet advertising model in which advertisers pay publishers when their advertisements are clicked.

- A criminal, fraudulent attempt to aquire sensitive personal information by pretending to be a trustworthy company.

- The Stop Online Piracy Act, a United States bill intended to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to fight online piracy and trafficking of copyrighted intellectual content such as movies, music, and electronically scanned materials. The bill was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill included the ability to stop advertising networks such as Google Adsense from conducting business with websites that break piracy laws, meaning that many websites that contain images not created or purchased by the website owner could be barred from conducting business online. The bill was universally panned, and triggered many large websites to participate in what they called American Censorship Day.

Search Engine
- A system designed to allow users to search for information contained online. Currently, the most popular search engine is

Search Engine Bot
- See Spider

Sergey Brin
- Cofounder of Google Inc and cocreator of the flagship search engine, together with Larry Page.

Snowshoe Spamming
- The practice by some spammers of spreading spam output across many IP addresses in order to dilute reputation metrics and evade filters. The term snowshoe spamming analogizes this practice to snowshoes, which are made to spread a person's weight onto a larger area of snow.

Social Network
- A social group or social structure made up by people, subgroups, and organizations, and the ties between them.

- Spam is defined as unsolicited bulk email. Unsolicited means that the recipient of the email has not granted verifiable permission for the email to be sent. Sometimes also defined as unsolicited commercial e-mail, but this definition, focusing on the commercial aspect of bulk email, fails to take into account the vast majority of spam that appears in your inbox or spam folder. The acronym UBE or UCE are sometimes used.

Spam Bot
- A computer program specifically written to scan web pages for e-mail addresses. Those e-mail addresses are recorded, and spam is sent to them. There are ways to avoid spam bots. The easiest and most effective way of avoiding spam bots is the us of a contact form like the one you can generate here on

Spam Filter
- A program or script created to detect and remove spam from an email inbox and send it directly to a spam folder.

Spam Spider
- See Spam Bot

- An internet service provider or other firm that either allows spam to be sent from its system or willingly provides services to spammers. The word "spamhaus" is pseudo-German. See Spamhaus Project

Spamhaus Project
- A project developed by Steve Linford to track e-mail spammers and spam-related activity. See Spamhaus

- A person or program that sends spam.

- A decoy email address created to intentionally collect spam for the purposes of gaining informaiton on what spam is being sent and to where it is being sent.

- The bots that search engines use to collect information about web pages. Sometimes just called a bot.

- Email activity in which the e-mail sender alters the e-mail address, header, or other content of an email in order to appear as though the e-mail sent originated from a different, trustworthy source.

- Any software that covertly gathers information about a user while they surf the internet, and transmits the information to an individual or company that uses it for illegal marketing or other purposes.

Steve Linford
- A British anti-spam campaigner who founded The Spamhaus Project.

Stop Online Piracy Act
- See SOPA

Transparent Mangling
- Intilaly adrdses mugning rfeererd to the mxiing of lteters or smyblos in an eamil adrdess, as in tihs snetecne. However it now commonly refers to any use of munging, ASCII, and JavaScript to hide your e-mail address. Transparent mangling refers to any munging in which the text, in this case the e-mail address, is perfectly visible to any person viewing the text. For example, this e-mail address "this@email.address" is transparently mangled, though you cannot tell by looking at it. The source code actually reads as "th is& #x40;e&#001 09;ai&#0010 8;.ad dre ss".

- An acronym that stands for Unsolicited Bulk Email. See Spam.

- An acronym that stands for Unsolicited Commercial Email. See Spam

Unsolicited Bulk Email
- One of many definitions of spam is unsolicited bulk email.

Unsolicited Commercial Email
- One of the many definitions of spam. However, this definition fails to take into account a great deal of the bulk email that end up in your spam folder. See Spam

- To submit a request to discontinue receiving e-mail or other contacts from another person. You should never ever unsubscribe from spam e-mail. After all, you did not subscribe to the spam, and they still have your e-mail address.

- A precursor to internet forums, established in 1980 and still in existence today. Users read articles and posts, collectively called news. Like email but unlike forums, Usenet had no centralized server. Usenet was the first victim to mass commercial spam.

Web Crawler
- See Spider

Web Robot
- See Spider

Web Spider
- See Spider

- A mathematical definition or function that produces the same output or list of outputs for any given input or list of inputs.

Sources: Wikipedia,, The Jargon File, version 4.4.7 Spamhaus

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