Where there are e-mail users, there will be spam. Spam refers to unwanted e-mail messages that are often unsolicited. These simply appear on an account owner’s inbox, usually promoting a product or service or inviting the user to participate in an activity. Spam is generally harmless but exceedingly annoying. Here are ways on how to fight spam and get your inbox space back:
Do Not Reply
If you have been using e-mail messaging for some time, chances are you have been spammed. Once they receive this message, most people click on the link that offers to ‘unsubscribe’ them. This is a mistake. Doing so will not unsubscribe you from the spam list. Instead, it will only confirm to the sender that your e-mail address is active and that someone is indeed using it. This greenlights the spamming service and prompts your sender to send more.
So what are you supposed to do? Simply ignore the message. Over time, it will simply go away once senders begin to think that your e-mail address is inactive.
Avoid Opening E-mails From Unknown Senders
Some unsolicited messages are easy to spot while others look legit. However, these too, might be masquerading as spam. If a message is from an unknown sender, avoid opening it and send it to your spam folder instead.
Choose ISPs With Established Spam Policy
There are Internet service providers that offer extra protection for their clients, particularly against spam. Look for ISPs that have filtering services for incoming spam, avoid websites that advertise spam and penalize clients who send out spamming messages.
Be Careful About Who You Befriend…
Or at least offer your e-mail address to. This is the Internet, after all and if you are careless about your e-mail address – particularly your primary one – you could end up with an inbox-load of spam messages. To keep your e-mail address from the itchy hands of spammers, avoid posting it online as much as possible, particularly in chat rooms, forums and discussion boards.
If you have a website and posting your e-mail address is unavoidable, alter it slightly. Let us say your address is firstname.lastname@example.org. When posting online, change it to myname(at)webaddress(dot)com to thwart automatic address harvesters.
You could also create a separate e-mail address for use on chat rooms or for posting on and ordering from websites. Any spam message that gets through will be focused on one address and will be easier to control.
Be Careful About Agreements
The privacy policies of websites are posted for a reason, so take time to read them. Check for clauses or statements that say that the site reserves the right to share information you provide. Some sites do this, usually to support their advertisers or suppliers. Make sure you sign up only with sites that allow you to opt out.
This may not be good news but until someone makes spam illegal, it is here to stay. However, using the tips recommended above will help minimize its presence and prevent it from wrecking havoc on your e-mail.
Do you have any tips to fight or reduce spam efficiently? Let us know in the comments.
About the author : Knowing how annoying spam emails are, Peter Lee understands it’s next to impossible to totally get rid of spam. He thinks email users should practise good email etiquette while sending emails and this will surely help in keeping spam under control.