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  1. #1
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    Bad news for people with HTML newsletters.

    Most UK based servers now automatically block DNS attachments so no more banners fitted to your newsletters and no more hidden tracking links.

    I recently changed from a US based server to a UK and Dutch based server due to poor service and unreasonable down time.

    The web security is a lot stricter and all the old ways of advertising just don't work. I wondered why so many affiliates were switching to text based advertising only and then I realised why. All or most of them were based in the UK.

    If any of you receive HTML newsletters from whatever source, have you found that they get blocked because of DNS attachment and apart from just accepting all traffic (removing DNS block)which is dangerous, can you suggest alternative ways to receive newsletters that are not just one big lump of text but don't get blocked by hypersensitive anti virus programs.

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    Have your customers opt in - then send them a text reminder to visit the online Newsletter that was created to protect there email and not add to the SPAM issues.

  3. #3
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    First of all, you need to explain what you mean by "DNS attachment".

    Secondly, you need to realise that 99.9% of HTML email that I get that is spam.

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    Thanks SandraR, good idea.

    Drewbert. Many newsletters with structured pages contain HTML attachments inserted within one or more segments of the newsletters. Examples of this can be found from SiteProNews, WebProNews or EntireWeb. Even Google newsletters contain HTML attachments. All are blocked by the new generation of software used by companies supplying webhosting in the UK.

    An example of the mail reply is listed below:
    Warning: This message has had one or more attachments removed
    Warning: (the entire message).
    Warning: Please read the "DNSACTION-Attachment-Warning.txt" attachment(s) for more information.

    This is a message from the MailScanner E-Mail Virus Protection Service
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    The original e-mail message contained potentially dangerous content,
    which has been removed for your safety.

    The content is dangerous as it is often used to spread viruses or to gain
    personal or confidential information from you, such as passwords or credit
    card numbers.

    If you wish to receive a copy of the original email, please
    e-mail helpdesk and include the whole of this message
    in your request. Alternatively, you can call them, with
    the contents of this message to hand when you call.

    At Fri Jun 18 00:02:22 2004 the content filters said:
    Found a form in HTML message

  5. #5
    I like traffic lights
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    Ah. So you just mean "attachments", not "DNS attachments"?

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