5 Simple Ways To Avoid Getting An Avalanche of Spam
As you probably already know from firsthand experience, once you’re on a spammer’s list, it’s next to impossible to get off. And changing your e-mail address can be a major inconvenience especially if you rely on it to stay in touch with important business and personal contacts.
To reduce the chances of your e-mail address getting spammed, here are 5 simple preventative measures you can take that will go a long way in keeping not-so-delicious spam out of your in-box.
1. Use a disposable e-mail address.
If you buy products online or occasionally subscribe to websites that interest you, chances are you’re going to get spammed.
To avoid your main e-mail address from ending up on their broadcast list, set up a free Internet e-mail address with Hotmail or Juno and use it when buying or opting into online newsletters. You can also use a throwaway e-mail address when making purchases or subscribing to newsletters (see #4 below).
2. Pay attention to check boxes that automatically opt you in.
Whenever you subscribe to a website or make a purchase online, be very watchful of small, pre-checked boxes that say, “Yes! I want to receive offers from third party companies.”
If you do not un-check the box to opt-out, your e-mail address can (and will) be sold to every online advertiser. To avoid this from happening, simply take a closer look at every online form you fill out.
3. Don’t use your main e-mail address on your website, web forums, or newsgroups.
Spammers have special programs that can glean e-mail addresses from websites without your permission. If you are posting to a web forum or newsgroup, use your disposable e-mail address instead of your main e-mail address.
If you want to post an e-mail address on your home page, use “info@” and have all replies forwarded to a folder in your inbox that won’t interfere with your main address.
4. Create throwaway e-mail accounts.
If you own a web domain, all mail going to an address at your domain is probably set up to come directly to you by default. For example, an e-mail addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org will be delivered to your inbox.
This is a great way to fight spam without missing out on important emails you want to get. The next time you sign up for a newsletter, use the title of the website in your e-mail address. For example, if the website is titled “successsecrets.com”, enter “email@example.com” as your e-mail address. If you get spammed, look at what address the spam was sent to.
If firstname.lastname@example.org shows up as the original recipient, you know the source since that e-mail address was unique to that website. Now you can easily stop the spam by making any e-mail sent to that address bounce back to the sender.
5. Don’t open, reply to or try to opt-out of obvious spam e-mails.
Opening, replying to, or even clicking a bogus opt-out link in an obvious spam e-mail signals that your e-mail address is active, and more spam will follow.
The only time it is safe to click on the opt-out link or reply to the e-mail is when the message was sent from a company you know or do business with (for example, a company that you purchase from or a newsletter you subscribed to).
Finally! A Way To Stop Spam, Spyware, And Pop-Ups From Taking Over Your Computer
If you are absolutely fed up with the number of spam e-mails you get every day, the annoying pop-ups being shoved in your face when you surf the net, and advertisers installing spyware on your computer to monitor your every move and serve up unwanted ads, then please read on.
We’re Waging War Against Spam, Spyware, and Pop-Ups!
Just recently we polled our clients to find out what their biggest frustration currently is with their computer networks.
Not too surprisingly, an overwhelming number of you said “SPAM” with pop-ups running a close second on the list of things that make you crazy.
That’s why we’ve decided to launch a war against spammers and unethical online advertisers for our customers by offering a FREE “Stop The Ads” audit.
We’ll Show You How To Stop Spammers And Unethical Advertisers In Their Tracks
During this free audit, one of our senior technicians will come onsite to review your network and uncover loopholes that allow spammers and advertisers to penetrate your network and install unwanted spyware on your computer.
Note: Spyware is a small program that online advertisers download to your computer without your permission or knowledge so they can monitor your web surfing and steal your confidential information. Sometimes they can even read your credit card information!
During this FREE “Stop The Ads” audit we’ll show you how to:
- Eliminate pop-ups finally and forever.
- Quarantine virus-riddled spam before it ever gets to your inbox.
- Filter spam without blocking important e-mails from clients and associates.
- Clean out any spyware installed on your individual PCs or network.
- Bulletproof your network from viruses and other cyber criminals.
And If You Are Not Currently Hosting Your Own E-mail In House, We’ll Also Show You How To:
- Save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on costly bandwidth and ISP fees by bringing your email in-house.
- Prevent your ISP’s spam filter from blocking important, non-spam e-mails you need to receive.
- Make it easier to set up new e-mail accounts.
- Stop employees from accidentally (or intentionally!) sending illegal, inappropriate, or confidential information via e-mail.
- Set up a safe and secure filing system to store all of your important e-mail.