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Ways To Stop Or At Least Minimize Spam.
SPAM mail is a continuing problem that is
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is try to minimize the amount of mail we
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Ways To Stop Or At Least Minimize
Spam, unsolicited junk email, is a
problem. We all get it in our
mailboxes and inboxes almost every
day. Here are some things that you
can do to stop, or at least
minimize, the junk.
Never Respond To Spam
You should never respond to spam; if
you do, you're letting the
advertiser know that there’s a real,
live person at the end of the email
address and you may get even more
junk email. Unless you actually
respond, advertisers who send spam
have no way of knowing whether or
not you open and read their
Junk email often have details about
how to remove your name from a
mailing list in the body of the
message. This can be anything from
replying to the sender with the
words unsubscribe in the subject
line to going to a Web site. Never
respond to spam! While advertisers
from legitimate businesses will
usually take your name off their
mailing lists, with spammers, when
you try to unsubscribe you’re really
just confirming your e-mail address
and you're likely to wind up on more
spammers' lists of valid accounts.
Use Another Email Address for
Consider using other email addresses
– this will at least minimize spam
in your main in-box. Most ISPs
(Internet Service Providers) offer
five to seven free e-mail accounts
with their basic service, and there
are always free email accounts that
you can sign up for.
If you use extra addresses you can
keep your main address almost
completely spam-free. Only give it
out to people you know, such as
friends and family. Don’t use your
main e-mail address or screen name
in chat rooms, message boards or
other public places. Use one of the
other e-mail addresses on shopping
If you reserve your main address for
personal and business emails, it's
much less likely to get into the
hands of spammers. Set up an address
exclusively for fun and worthwhile
activities online that are spam
magnets--such as discussion boards.
If you set up an address just for
these, you can then give out that
address--instead of your main
address--any time you do something
that may generate Spam. Use it when
you register at Web sites, enter a
chat room, or post messages to
discussion lists or newsgroups. If
you keep this address just for junk
mail, you'll only have to check the
mail there occasionally, to delete
all the spam.
Create a New Address
If the spam in your in-box has
gotten out of control, you might
think about creating a brand new
e-mail address. Your email address
can play a big role in the amount of
Spam you receive. If your e-mail
address has a combination of letters
and numbers it will make it harder
for spammers to get. For example,
numbers to your email
address--preferably between your
first name and last name--can
sometimes outwit spammers who use
auto-generators to try to guess
every combination of common names,
like "John,” "Jon"," " Johnny,"
"Jonny," "John101," etc.
Report Spammers, When Possible
For most people, spam is somewhat
irritating, but to Internet Service
Providers, it's a huge problem. All
that spam takes a tremendous amount
of resources (which, of course,
increases the prices that we have to
pay for Internet access). If you'd
like to help stop spam, you can do
so. Before you do anything else,
report spammers to your ISP.
If you are an America OnLine member,
you can forward junk mail that comes
from other AOL members to screen
name TOSSpam or TOSReports. If the
spam comes from a non-AOL account,
forward the message to TOSEmail1. If
you get a message with a
suspicious-looking file attachment
or an inappropriate graphic, forward
the entire e-mail TOSFiles.
For other email services, check with
your Internet Service Provider for
any steps they may have that can be
used to report Spam.
Junk e-mail or SPAM has been around
since the beginning and
unfortunately is only going to get
worse as more people use e-mail as a
primary form of communication.
If you belong to one of the many
large services such as AOL, MSN,
CompuServe, Prodigy, Hotmail or Juno
you are much more likely to receive
large quantities of SPAM because
these services are targeted by
SPAMMERS (people and businesses who
send junk email). If you belong to a
small regional ISP, your chance of
getting large volumes of SPAM is
more closely tied to your behavior
Typically, a sure way to get junk
mail is to give out your e-mail
address to websites that request it.
Do things a little differently and
you can minimize the amount of junk
e-mail that you receive.
Here are some tips that may help
reduce the amount of spam you
Don't Give Your Primary E-Mail
Address To Anyone Who Is Selling
Sign up for one of the many free
e-mail services such as Hotmail (www.hotmail.com)
or Lycos (www.lycos.com) and use
that address for any of your on-line
purchases. By doing this, you keep
junk mail out of your primary
account and if the junk mail becomes
too much, simply stop using that
free account and start another.
If you want to be able to track who
is selling your e-mail address, use
a different e-mail address for each
of your merchants. For example,
create a Hotmail account using a
unique identifiable name like
firstname.lastname@example.org and only use
that account when doing business
When signing up for these free email
accounts, don't use real information
about yourself, unless you
explicitly trust the source.
Never Reply To A Junk E-Mail
Even though the message claims to be
able to remove you if you reply with
unsubscribe or the like, in many
cases it is simply a trick to get
you to verify your address.
For America Online Users
If you're an AOL member, and get
spam from another AOL member,
forward the email to the address
TOSSPAM. Since it is against AOL's
Terms of Service to send junk email
to AOL members, America Online will
take action against the offending
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