Spam is probably one of the most annoying things most people have to deal with on a daily basis when it comes to having an email account. We’ve assembled some helpful tips so you can keep that unwanted, unsolicited email to a minimum:
Let’s start with prevention. The more you apply these tips, the less chances you have of getting spam in the first place when you have a new email address.
- Guard Your Email
Be selective of where you input your email address. Don’t use your business email in a group forum or for social websites. Keep your business email strictly for business use. The more you input your email address out in the WWW, the more you are increasing your chances of spam.
- Recognizing Spam
Some of the more common signs of spam includes:
– You do not recognize the sender.
– Common words are misspelled, there is misplaced capitalization or actual gibberish within the body of the email.
– You’re a winner of a contest you never joined, you won some free electronics or someone from a foreign country wants to give you money. These are all bogus.
– The email is from someone you do not know and there is an attachment you have to click on. Never click on this attachment, in addition to being spam it can cause harm to your computer.
- Think Before You Join
Before you join an email list make sure they are not going to sell your email address or share it with marketing partners – that’s a great way to be sucked into the black hole of the spam world.
- Think Before You Click
Never click any link in a suspected “spam” email. Never reply to any suspected spam emails, in the senders mind that will just be a polite “thank you for adding me to your spam list”, even if you are trying to request a removal – don’t try that either, it will just add fuel to the fire.
- Don’t Forward Chain Emails
Here’s the scenario: You received a message from a friend that tells you to share it with eight other friends. You think it’s a great message, so you forward it along, and that person forwards it as it requests and so on. Before you know it your “private” email is shared with hundreds of people and possibly got pulled into a spam list. Once you forward the email there is no way of you protecting your email address – it’s in the hands of the recipients. If they do not delete the previous senders email address your email will continue it’s journey into the darkness of the World Wide Web for spammers to tap into somewhere along the way. The email might tell you bad luck will come to those who don’t forward it, or if you do you’ll be really lucky. Let’s put things in perspective; the person who started the email was probably the spammer hoping you will fall for it.
- Don’t Feed The Spiders – Obfuscate Your Email Address
Oh no! There are spiders on the web? Yes, and they’re smart. These little crawlers will traverse the Internet looking for an email addresses formatted in “plain text” to harvest them. So, if your email must be on your website, make sure your web developer properly disguises it.
- Use A More Complicated Email Address
One technique spammers use is to guess. That’s it. They simply utilize common email addresses, names and words used in the dictionary to blast out their spam. It’s best for you to mix up your email address a little.
- Create Disposable Email Addresses
You can easily set up email addresses specifically for forums or groups and have those emails forward to your “official” email address. If you start to see a lot of spam you can then trace things back to which email is generating the spam and delete that account without affecting your official email address.I already have more than a lot of spam, what do I do now?
- Use A Spam Filter
This is a nifty tool which allows you to detect spam with your email application, or at the server level which will take your suspected spam and toss it right in the trash so you do not have to deal with it. There is some level of caution to be used with spam filters. If you use too many rules you could miss out on legitimate emails, too few and you’ll still be manually sifting through them on a regular basis. If you are a client of Helpful Website, call us today to set up your server-side spam filter.
- Change Your Email Address
It’s a drastic measure, but it gets you off to a fresh start so you can put into practice the first six steps.