If you’re using Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail then you probably don’t have much of a problem with Spam, all your spam emails go into a separate file and you don’t even see them.
On the other hand, a little spam isn’t so bad when you consider those free email services are prone to hacking, and I’m not sure I completely trust some of these search engines to respect my privacy.
One solution is to use the email service that comes along with your web hosting. It’s a safer, more secure environment and you have a lot more control. However, the spam filters on some of these are almost non-existent.
The choice is yours, of course, but no matter which way you decide to go, here are some tips you can use to help eliminate some of that spam and protect you from hackers at the same time.
Don’t Open: The most obvious thing to do is to simply not open an email unless you recognize the name of the sender. However, that’s not always possible. Your friend Mary may be trying to send you an email from her office and if she’s using an office account you might not recognize the name that shows up. So, it’s inevitable – sooner or later you’re going to open something you shouldn’t have.
Don’t Reply: When that happens, just don’t reply. You might be tempted to fire back an email and tell them, “I’m reporting you, you spammy emailer, you!” but don’t do it. That confirms for the spammy emailer that their really is a live person on the other end and now he’s going to double or triple his efforts and bombard you with an avalanche of email.
Don’t Click Through: If you’re tempted and simply can’t control yourself and you just have to click that link – Don’t do it! Copy and paste it into your browser instead. And even that’s not going to be 100% protection. Do you have an enemy? Maybe you could send HIM the link and ask him to click on it for you.
Report It As Spam: Most email providers will allow you to mark an individual email as spam. Do it. Someday, maybe, someone will track down that lousy spammer and put him out of business. But in the meantime, when you report that address your email provider knows to stop allowing emails from that address through to your inbox. They’ll still hit your spam folder but you won’t have to see them.
If you’ve signed on to a bunch of mailing lists and you’re getting tired of seeing them, have a heart. Don’t report them as spam. After all, that person was just trying to make a living and you agreed to accept his emails. Take a second, scroll to the bottom of the email, and click on the link to unsubscribe. If that doesn’t work and you keep getting those emails, then go ahead and report it as spam.