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:
- Don't post your email address on the internet. Programs called 'spiders' continually crawl the Internet for email addresses to add to spam lists.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 You want the spammer to think that your email account is no longer active.