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Tips For Avoiding Spam

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Though filters deal with spam once it targets your account, avoiding it in the first place is even better. Here are five simple ways you can reduce unwanted email:

  1. Don't post your email address on the internet. Programs called 'spiders' continually crawl the Internet for email addresses to add to spam lists.
  2. Do an internet search for your email address. Type your email address into a search engine such as Google or Yahoo!. If any results appear, then your email address is visible, and thusly, spammable.
  3. If you need to have an email address visible, use an email address other than your direct email address. Set up two addresses. Use one for form submissions/registrations, and the other for your actual email. Don't give out the primary address unless absolutely necessary.
  4. Never respond to spam. Most of the time the reply address is fake. On the rare chance that it isn't fake, the spammer might be monitoring responses. If he receives a reply, then he knows that the account is active, and he will continue to send spam. Ironically, your earnest attempt to be removed from a spammer's list may just ensure that you remain on the list.
  5. Never click on links in spam messages. These links are often formulated in such a way as to verify that the email account is active. You want the spammer to think that your email account is no longer active.
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