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Kahl Consultants comes clean with San Rafael Clean!

San Rafael CleanKahl Consultants has come clean! We have taken the Clean Business Pledge and are a proud member of San Rafael Clean, a local business organization.

Businesses can join San Rafael Clean to help beautify and reinvigorate our local business corridors, creating a more inviting and environmentally friendly experience for customers and the community.

Here is the Clean Business Pledge:

  • I pledge to keep my business clean and free from debris, including my landscaping, the sidewalks and public area surrounding my business.
  • I pledge to have adequate trash and recycling bins and pick up for my business functions and my customers.
  • I pledge to educate my employees about proper disposal of trash, the need for a clean business, and provide ample options for disposal of trash including cigarette butts
  • I pledge to know and follow all city codes with regard to my business.
  • I pledge to acknowledge my participation as a Clean Business to my employees, business partners, customers and the general public by displaying brochures, window decals, or other Clean Campaign marketing materials, and in any way I can.

 If you are a business in San Rafael, California, please take the San Rafael Clean pledge!

 


Advice from a Spam Fighting Man

Where does all that junk mail come from? Well duh! From spammers of course! Right?

spamWell yes, but how do these people get your email address to send you all those unsolicited Viagra ads? Spammers get email addresses primarily from email lists created by legitimate web sites that sell these lists to spammers. Spammers also search the internet for email addresses as some viruses can attack Microsoft Outlook and copy your address book.

And this leads me right into my advice on how to fight spam - without spending any money.

Free Ways to Fight Spam

1) The "Clean Slate" Option

Switch to a brand new email address at your domain. A very effective approach. Be sure to tell your friends and colleagues and keep your old address active for a while until everyone has caught on. Once you have your new account be sure to follow number 2 below!

2) Only use your business email for business!

Do your shoppping and registering on the web with a free "disposable" email account. Get a free email account for all your private activities.

Recomendation: Gmail.com or Yahoo.com

3) Use a spam filter on your Computer

A spam filter on your email server may not be enough. So download, install, setup and reap the rewards of another level of spam filtration.

Our recommendation (get the free version):
SpamFighter

4) Use Gmail as a Spam Filter

You can do this without using gmail for email, just use it for the very effective spam filter. You just set up a gmail account, redirect your regular eamil to go there and back to your inbox.

Details:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/152169/use_gmail_to_fight_spam.html

http://www.macworld.com/article/136029/2008/10/gmail_spam.html

5) Use Gmail Plus-Addressing to Find out Who is Selling your Email Address

Who is selling your email address? You can use Google's Gmail's plus-addressing feature to find out!

You'll need to use a gmail email address for this trick. When you register or shop online edit your email as follows:
after your name add a "+" plus and a word describing where you are using the email.

Example: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. becomes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Details:
http://lifehacker.com/144397/instant-disposable-gmail-addresses

6) Use Google Apps as an email server:

Yes, you can use Google Apps as your email server.

http://www.internetbusinesspath.com/ecommerce/setup-your-business-emails-using-google-apps

http://paparadit.blogspot.com/2009/06/configuring-private-domain-email-with.html

http://www.daleisphere.com/how-to-host-your-email-on-your-domain-using-google-apps-gmail-for-free/

That's all today from the Spam Fighting Man! Good luck and let me kwow how it goes. And if Kahl Consultants can assist you with any of these let us know.

P.S. We also have a site dedicated to reducing Junk Mail (the snail mail type) and stopping Telemarketing. Check it out, it's called REDUCE JUNK MAIL.

Reduce Junk Mail

Phishing Warning from Network Solutions

Here's a warning that Network Solutions is sending their customer. It warns them about a "phishing" scam pertaining to domain registrations:

We've recently become aware of a phishing scam targeting domain name customers of a small number of registrars including Network Solutions(R).

Phishing is the practice of luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site by using an authentic-looking e-mail in an attempt to steal passwords, account information or other sensitive data.

At this time, we know that fraudulent e-mails are being sent to some domain name customers, regardless who the registrar of record is, which include links to sites that look like networksolutions.com or other domain provider
sites; however they are fake Web sites.

These e-mails are attempting to capture login information. For more information and tips on identifying phishing scams, please visit our blog at www.blog.networksolutions.com/.

If you believe you have received an e-mail of this type, have clicked on the link, and provided your login information, we recommend the following for security
purposes:

1. Log in to your account from the Network Solutions Web site.
2. Review your account information for accuracy
3. Choose a new password security question and answer
4. Change your password


So there you have it. I'll just add that if you use THUNDERBIRD as your email software it will actually warn you that these emails are fraudulent.

And finally here are some links with further details.

New Phishing Hits Domain Owners Accounts At eNom, NetworkSolutions

Network Solutions Phishing Alert : Please watch for emails like this

Network Solutions Proactive in Fighting Recent Phishing Attack


Testimonial from Client ranked #1 on Google Search

Here's a great testimonial from a client of ours, copywriter Bonnie Ayers Namkung, who is currently ranked at #1 on Google: They can't promise it, but Kahl Consultants did their SEO (Search Engine Optimization) magic on my site and now I come up #1 in local searches. Alex and his team are also generous with advice. They told me additional ways I can keep my site's search ranking high.

Thanks, guys!

Bonnie Ayers Namkung

www.banamkung.com

*A Bay Area Green Business*