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Published on 01.12.06 by Brent Trahan

Tips On Reducing Spam E-mail

Tips on how to reduce the amount of spam e-mail you receive.

Is your e-mail getting hammered with spam? You’re not the only one. Everyday millions of spam e-mail gets sent out. There are ways you can reduce the spam sent to your e-mail account. This guide explains what you can do to stop much of the spam from getting in your e-mail.

Who sends spam e-mail?

There people out there that make a VERY good living by sending out trillions of spam e-mails every year. Sending out spam e-mail is BIG business for many people. Many people who receive spam e-mail respond to them and spend money. I don’t know why people do this. I guess they don’t know any better. (Maybe they should visit this site and learn a few things.) As long as people are buying products or services offered in spam e-mail they will keep sending them out.

Where did they get my e-mail address?

Spammers get your e-mail address from many places. If you give your e-mail to a website to play a free game or something like that you have just paid for that game by giving them your email. They’ll turn around and sell your e-mail to spammers. That’s why I always say “Nothing is free“. They also get your e-mail from some mailing lists. Other places are your friends’ computers who have viruses. Some viruses take that persons contact list and sends it to spammers.

What not to do when you get spam.

When you do receive spam the worst thing you can do is click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of most spam e-mail. That just tells them that your e-mail is active and they’ll turn up the frequency of sending spam to your e-mail. It’s also helpful to turn the auto respond off on Microsoft Outlook by selecting ask me before sending a response in the tracking options of Outlook. The auto respond feature will also tell them that you’re e-mail is active. You can also disable images automatically showing up when you view an e-mail. Viewing images in an e-mail can also notify them your e-mail is active.

What do I do if I already get spam?

Once you have spam e-mail coming to your inbox it’s too late. The best thing you can do is ignore them and add those e-mails to your spam list. Most good e-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and so on will block most spam. You might need to turn the spam filtering feature on for it to work. Many antivirus software suites come with spam blocking abilities. If the amount of spam coming in is unbearable I would recommend changing e-mail addresses.

Create a “junk” e-mail address.

It’s a good idea to create what I call a “junk” e-mail address that you use to give to companies or people who ask for it when you use free software and things like that. Keep your personal e-mail private and only send it to people you trust. This will keep a lot of spam out of your inbox.

The bottom line.

The bottom line is to protect your e-mail address by not giving it out to just anyone. This is the best way to keep most spam out of your inbox. Eventually someone will find your e-mail address and send spam to it. That’s the way it is these days. If you get spam ignore it and add it to your spam list that will block that e-mail next time it comes your way.

Good luck!

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