Analyses show unsought or “junk” e-mail, called spam, accounts for about half of all e-mail messages gotten. Although once thought of as little more than a pain, the preponderance of spam has expanded to the point where a lot of users have started to express a universal lack of confidence in the effectiveness of e-mail transmissions, and expanded concern over the spread of viruses via unsought messages.

So what do you do about spam?  

Do what you are able to ward off having your e-mail address out on the internet.   

There are products named “spam spiders” that browse the Internet for e-mail addresses to send e-mail to.  If you’re interested, do a search on “spam spider” and you’ll be amazed at what you return.  Interestingly, there’s a site, WebPoison.org, which is an open source project geared to battle net “spambots” and “spam spiders”, by presenting them bogus HTML web pages, which hold bogus e-mail addresses

You can utilize form e-mails, which may hide addresses or likewise utilize addresses like sales@company.com instead of your full address to help fight the issue. There are likewise programs that encrypt your e-mail, like jsGuard, which encrypts your e-mail address on web pages so that while junk e-mail spiders find it hard or impossible to read your e-mail address.

Acquire spam blocking software.  There are a lot of programs out there for this. There are free versions or you might also buy a pro version.  Get some sort of software. It will save you time.  The software isn’t foolproof, but they truly do help.  You commonly have to do some manual set up to block particular sorts of e-mail.

Utilize the multiple e-mail address approach. There are a lot of gratis e-mail addresses to be had.  If you must subscribe to e-zines, then have a “fill-in” e-mail address. It would be like presenting your cell number to your best friends and the business number to everybody else.

 Attachments from individuals you don’t recognize are risky. A common issue with spam is that they’ve attachments and attachments may have viruses. General guideline:  if you don’t know who’s sending you something, don’t open up the attachment. Second, seek services that offer filtering. Firewall vendors provide this sort of service likewise.

E-mail services now hold “bulk-mail” baskets.  If what you utilize currently doesn’t support this, consider moving to a new vender.  The construct is simple.  If you know somebody, they may send you e-mails.  If you don’t know them, put them in the bulk e-mail pile then “Pick” to allow them into your circle. 

Spam Blocking software has this construct likewise, but having extra layers seems vital these days, so it’s worth checking into.

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