If you wish to have a secure site you can purchase an SSL Certificate. This is essential if you accept credit cards over your web site. The only scenario where it would not be essential is if you use a third party merchant account like PayPal. In this case when someone makes a payment they are transferred over to another site that is already protected by an SSL Certificate.
An SSL Certificate may also be considered if you are asking for sensitive information such as a social security number through a form on your web site.
It is called email spoofing when someone uses your email to send spam to someone else.
There are only two ways to spoof emails.
"To put it simply you can equate emails to regular US mail you send and receive from your mailbox for your house or apartment. Address spoofing is like intentionally writing the wrong return address to the envelope. Email relaying is like taking that envelope and walking down the street to a public mail drop and dropping the letter in. When the mail man comes to pick up the mail, he has very little idea of who sent it, and cannot verify that the return address on the envelope is the correct return address. Anyone can do it, and almost no one ever gets caught."- Tech Support
What can be done to help stop this from happening to you?
You can visit this link for details.
Email Harvesting and Stopping Spam
Email harvesting is the act of a 'robot' visiting your site scanning the html code for mailto: and harvesting any email address after it. We help prevent this from happening by cloaking all of our clients email addresses for free. Also, upon request we can set up a 'junk email address' for you to use if you are forced to enter an email address in a questionable site. This would be a junk email address where you don't care what comes to it and only need to click on a 'verification link' for web site submissions and such.
Even though this isn't 100% effective it can mean the difference between 200 spam emails in a day to 2 spam emails in a day. Here are some additional tips to help cut down on spam.
Follow this link for more ideas and details.
Unless you plan to sell more than $1000 per month it is recommended to use a third party merchant account like PayPal instead of going through the expense of setting up your own merchant account.