Takes Action to Evict Spammers

December 22, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News, a European vacation rental and holiday home advertising service, have improved all online forms of their website in a clampdown on SPAM, to protect their Customers.

Due to the irritation of "spammers", a SPAM protection system has been introduced using the CAPTCHA technique (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart), pioneered by School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh USA, to prevent automated form submissions.

The system has been introduced to overcome the problem of software robots used by spammers, that search sites and automatically complete online forms and certain account registrations, to send unwanted emails to the inboxes of registered Customers.

The site launched earlier this year, is owned and operated by Holiday Letting Services Ltd. "The protection system will filter SPAM emails being generated by software robots through our website forms, and only allow forms completed by genuine site users to be submitted to our Customers" explains Director Michael Garmston. "We would like to express our sincere apologies to anybody that has received SPAM email via our website. The new website improvement is expected to prevent any future nuisance emails from being sent to any of our Customers."

Each time a user completes one of the forms on their website, before the system will allow the user to submit, they will need to type the letters of a distorted image that appears on the screen into a separate field. When the form is submitted the correct word is compared against the user input. If the comparison is unsuccessful the form submission will be terminated.