Addresses for General Public Cease Working
January 1, 2006
NOTICE: Effective immediately, Bravo Technology Center no
longer accepts unsolicited email from automated senders or
As part of our comprehensive anti-SPAM initiatives, we removed all email
links from all 21 of our own web sites and replaced them with links to
contact form. All previously published email
addresses for public use, such as:
will now cease working. Senders
to the above 2 previously published addresses will receive an
automated notice directing them to use our new Unified Message Center.
For general inquiries, comments and suggestions, or to report a
technical problem, submit a message via the
form at the new Unified Message Center for all our
Use our dropbox service for submitting files.
Active clients and vendors may continue to correspond via appropriate
email addresses given out privately. Those are completely not affected.
Note: This practice is consistent with all major corporations with the
means and knowledge of an IT department. This "ban" does not affect
intranet and extranet sites, such as our Sharepoint Portal and
DGY Blog. Pertinent email addresses continue to be posted there.
Since mid-2005, spammers have drastically stepped up their efforts in scouring the web and
public record databases for email address to launch attack against.
Publicly posted email address on web sites, and listings in whois
databases are the top of the list.
Our use of a form-based message system for general inquires solves the
problem elegantly and provide much better control. We may
implement human-robot test via graphically rendered text in the future
if necessary. The unified message center for all 21 of our web
sites also streamline our processes and enable us to provide more
History of Bravo Anti-SPAM Initiatives
Since 1999, we had been conducting seminars on Proper Email Management,
Policies and Strategies. The emphasis was on holistic spam avoidance
through proper user behaviors, best practices/strategies, and aliases
rotation/retirement techniques. Filtration is only a last layer, last
In early 2002, we launched
- We systematically eliminated all
- Disabled email for admin account (easily guessable by SPAMmers).
- New contact email listed in graphic renditions, requiring
visitors to visually copy.
On May 25, 2005. We fired the 2nd shot:
Operation Incognito II.
- Remaining email addresses (other than webmaster & admin)
removed from webs
- Old accounts for subscriptions, and purchasing dept.
deleted, only aliases given out to vendors and publishers.
- web vCard email disguised, requiring minor user intervention
before first use
- developed a system to track source of leak for those aliases
given out privately. Based on efficient custom issuing of unique
email aliases to each entity. Selective blackholes effectively
block the leaked/ruined aliases.
January 1, 2006. Operation
Incognito III, the
- Disabled all email addresses for general public. Must
use message center.
- All remaining graphics rendition of email addresses
eliminated from webs.
- All public vCard email addresses removed.
- auto-responder notify sender re: account closed, and to
use message center.
- steps taken to defuse auto-responder looping and
Our in-house practices serve as examples of how to do it
right. These are also our current advocacies to clients. In
addition to these active preventive measures, we also
deployed a major curtailment
measures on October 30, 2006, and stepped up on January