Unsolicited commercial email also referred to as “spam” is aggravating to say the least. What makes it even worse is that it may contain fake offers that may cost you money and time. Take measures to restrict the volume of spam you receive, and consider spam offers just as you would handle an unwanted sales call from a telemarketer. Moreover, learn how to identify the most popular scams online. What can you do? I’m glad you asked …
How To Eliminate Email Spam
Well, first of all. There is no possible way to eliminate all email spam, but here are some ways to reduce it significantly.
Investigate your email account to determine if it supplies a function to filter out possible spam or to direct it to a bulk email folder. You may want to think about these options when considering which email service or Internet Service Provider (ISP) to use.
Reduce Your Exposure
You may choose to have two email addresses: one for personal use and one for coupons, chat rooms, newsletters, shopping etc.
You may also look at making use of a disposable email address provider that will forward your messages to your permanent address.
Should one of your disposable addresses start receiving spam, you turn it off without it affecting your permanent account.
Moreover, make it a habit not to exhibit your email address to the public such as online membership directories, social networking sites, chat rooms and blog posts. Spammers take advantage of the internet to collect email addresses.
Uncheck Boxes And Examine Privacy Polices
When you give your email address to any website, search for boxes that have been pre-checked to opt in for email updates from the business and its associates. Some websites permit you to drop out of getting these bulk emails.
Select A One-Of-A-Kind Email Address
The email addresses you choose might influence the number of spam emails you get. Spammers send millions upon millions of emails to likely name variations at large email services and ISPs, anticipating to find a genuine email address.
So, a common email like jsmith might receive a greater amount of spam than a more uncommon name like j37e56. Obviously, there is a drawback – it is more difficult to remember a unique email address.
Help Decrease Spam
Spammers and hackers troll the web searching for computers that are not protected by current security software. When they discover vulnerable computers, they attempt to install concealed software called malware which permits them to take over these computers remotely.
Thousands upon thousands of these unprotected/infected computers joined together create a “botnet,” a network utilized by spammers to send out billions of emails all at once. Imagine, billions of personal computers are components in a botnet. As a matter of fact, a majority of spam is sent out this way.
Stop Spammers From Using Your Computer
Use proper computer safety practices and disconnect yourself from the internet when you are not at your computer. Hackers cannot access your computer when it is not hooked up to the internet.
Don’t open any attachments or download any files from emails you received even if the email appears to be from a coworker or friend unless you are anticipating its arrival or know what it’s all about. If you send out an email with an attachment, make sure to include a note clarifying what it is.
Only download free software from reputable sites you know and can count on. It’s very tempting to download free software such as customized toolbars, file-sharing programs and games. However, keep in mind that free software may also include malware.
Recognize And Eliminate Malware
It’s hard to determine if a spammer installed malware onto your computer, but here are a few warning signs:
- Your friends might inform you about strange email messages they got from you.
- Your computer might work sluggishly or slowly.
- You might discover emails in your sent folder that you never sent.
If your computer has indeed been hacked and then infected with a virus, disconnect your computer from the internet immediately. Then take action to get rid of the malware.
File A Spam Report
Forward any deceptive or unwanted emails to:
- the FTC – Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be certain to include the entire spam email.
- your email service provider. At the start of the message, explain that you are making a complaint about receiving spam. Some email service providers have special buttons that permit you to mark emails as junk or report them as spam
- the sender’s email service provider, if you can figure out who it is. The majority of ISPs and web mail providers want to get rid of spammers who exploit their services. Once again, be certain to include the complete spam email and explain that you are making a complaint about receiving spam.
If you attempted to unsubscribe from an unwanted email list and your request is ignored, make a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here.
So, do you have any other suggests on how to eliminate email spam? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below.
If you have a moment watch this hilarious video on how James Veitch replied to a spam email he received:
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