Spam Busters: Eliminate Junk Email


Ah, spam, the Internet junk email that clogs up your inbox and annoys you at best. Even with spam blockers, it can still manage to sneak through. Here are some other ways to eliminate spam from your e-mail inbox:

Get a secondary email address. If spam has taken over your primary account, consider getting a secondary email account from a free provider like Google (Stock Quote: GOOG). In order to prevent spam, use this second email only for trusted contacts, such as friends and family. Ask your contacts not to give out your address under any circumstances.

Never respond to junk mail. No matter how tempting, never respond to junk email, even if it’s just to say “Stop sending this!” Instead, unsubscribe through official links (see next tip).

Always opt out of offers. When you receive unwanted junk email, scroll to the bottom of the message. Here, you will find an “unsubscribe” or “opt out” link. Click on this and ask to have your email removed from the mailing list.

Don't publish your email address. Never post your email address on social networking sites, newsgroups or chat rooms. Automated “spambots” scour these sites to retrieve email addresses for spam purposes.

Create unique user names. When you sign up for a chat room, web group or website, don’t use your email address as your username. This can invite unwanted spam. Instead, use a unique name that is nothing like your email address.

Avoid contests. Do not sign up for offers, contests or giveaways online unless you completely trust the source. Many of these contests are simply easy ways for third-party marketing companies to obtain your email address for spam purposes.

Hide your address on forms and web sites.
Use simple html code to “hide” your e-mail address from spammers, even when you need to submit it to online shopping or networking sites. Try typing your email address as such: John_Doe[at sign]company[dot com]. The intended site will receive your information as normal, but spambots will not be able to pick it up.

Use disposable email. If you’re having a lot of trouble with spam, you may consider using a disposable email address on a regular basis. Apple’s .Mac mail service and Yahoo Mail offer disposable addresses that each have several aliases per account. If one account starts getting too much spam, the service will automatically delete the alias you’re using and switch to a new one to head off the spambots.

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