Spam is extremely frustrating for some individuals. If you are one of many trying to reduce the amount of spam in your inbox, the following guidelines can help.
Encrypt eMail Addresses
When you create a new email address, come up with a combination of letters and numbers that are cryptic in nature something you couldn't find in a dictionary. For example, instead of using sally, or sally1, or sallysmith, choose: s18all56y. An odd letter/number combination is inconvenient for humans to remember, but more challenging for the spammer's automated programs to guess.
Use Fake eMail Addresses
On some websites, you are required to enter an email address into a standard form before you can proceed through the website. If you don't feel comfortable giving out your email address to the particular website, leave a fake email address instead.
Guard eMail Addresses
Don't Open Spam
If the Spam is HTML (one of those attractive graphic emails) and you open it, graphic images are pulled from the spammer's server. Your computer informs the spammer that your email address is in use. Don't open email from an address that's unfamiliar.
Remember those pesky telemarketers and unrelenting door-to-door salesmen? Once you answer the telephone or door, they know you are home and are a challenge to get rid of. The same is true of spammers. Once you reply to a spam email, you have just confirmed for the spammer the legitimacy of your email address.
Don't Post eMail Addresses
Once your email address has been placed on a website (personal or corporate) or entered into an online guest book, newsgroup, contact list, chat room, or other online activities, you have just invited a spammer to take your email address. Spammers "harvest" your emails through programs called spiders, crawlers, and bots. These programs scour the web for email addresses to be used in the spammers future email campaigns.
When you are purchasing something online or signing up for a service or promotion, be sure to opt-out on any additional services or promotions you don't want extras cluttering your inbox.
Use a Spam Filter
Unless you filter your spam with a white list (blocking all but approved incoming email addresses) you will still receive spam-accept this as a reality. Even though the perfect spam filter doesn't exist, there are many good spam filters available that can help reduce the spam you receive.
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