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Steps to Prevent Spam

Steps to Prevent Spam

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Whether you are getting inundated with spam or just want to prevent it, this article can help you outline steps to prevent spam and talk about the top anti-spam software programs out there. With a few easy steps you can make your e-mail virtually spam-free.

What is spam?

Spam refers to unsolicited junk email that is mass mailed to thousands of email addresses at once. Spam is something that you receive even though you never signed up for it. Email spam lists are often created by scanning postings, stealing Internet mailing lists (like discussion forums), or searching the web for addresses. Be careful of websites offering prizes in return for you filling in surveys or forms or providing personal information. This may be a way for them to generate email addresses to sell to spammers.

How to Prevent Spam

  • Use a separate email address when you post messages on any public forum. By using a separate email account for online uses, if it gets too crowded with spam, you can just delete it and sign up for a new one
  • Never reply to spam emails – just delete it!
  • Prevent spam by installing anti-spam software
  • Before you submit your email to any website, make sure to check the site’s privacy policy to ensure they won’t sell your address to spammers
  • Reject all Instant Messages from people not on your buddy list – don’t click on URL links within an IM unless from a known source

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