It clogs your
inbox, wastes your time, and is just plain annoying. The culprit? Junk
e-mail — also known as "spam" or "unsolicited e-mail." Solicitations range
from legitimate commercial offers to get-rich-quick schemes and links to
Web sites with adult content. There are ways to manage and cut down on
spam, however. Get started now with these tips.
filters. Use an Internet service provider (ISP) with advanced junk-mail
filters to keep out spam while helping to ensure you don't lose
important messages. Look for ISPs that offer easy-to-use, customizable
settings that allow you to choose your level of protection.
about disclosing your e-mail address. Junk mail gets to your inbox
several ways. Some spammers send e-mail to random variations of e-mail
addresses. Others buy address lists from Web sites where you registered
or entered a contest that required you to give your e-mail address.
Spammers can obtain your address from Internet white pages listings,
guest books, newsgroups, resume postings, and chat rooms, too.
your privacy. If you plan to register at a Web site or enter a contest,
site doesn't explain how they use your information, reconsider
registering your e-mail address and sharing other personal information.
Answering spam, even to "unsubscribe," just confirms your e-mail address
is valid. Spammers usually ignore your wish to unsubscribe and add your
e-mail address to their list. Then they send more spam and/or sell their
list, creating more junk mail. Your best bet is to simply delete the
spam messages from your inbox.
to the originating ISP. Check the e-mail header information to see what
Internet domain the spam came from. If it came from msn.com, forward the
entire e-mail, with headers, to
email@example.com. If the spam originated from another ISP, forward it
directly to the postmaster or abuse alias at that ISP.
Learn about the latest news, software, and legislation related to
controlling spam online. TRUSTe (http://www.truste.org)
is an independent organization dedicated to building consumer trust and
confidence in the Internet. Or visit CAUCE, (http://www.cauce.org/)
the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email.
isn't a way to totally stop receiving spam in your mailbox, by following
these tips you can better control the e-mail messages that you do receive.
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