Reduce inbox spam
Spam: pesky junk emails that clog your inbox. We’ve all seem them, emails promoting prescription drugs, mortgage calculators, and stock tips – but how do we stop the onslaught of spam?
It’s almost impossible to prevent spam but there are ways to reduce it. According to Symantec, a global leader in information security, the following hints can help:
Don’t make your email address public – Spammers often use newsgroup postings, chat rooms, websites, and online membership directories to harvest email addresses.
Use two email addresses – Having one email address for personal messages and one for newsgroups and chat rooms will reduce the amount of spam you have to weed through.
Use a unique email address – Your choice of email addresses may affect the amount of spam you receive. Spammers use “dictionary attacks” to sort through possible namcombinations, hoping to find a valid address. A common name may get more spam than a more unique name.
Use an email filter – Check your email account to see if it provides a tool to filter out potential spam or purchase an anti-spam software solution, like Symantec’s Norton AntiSpam 2005, which helps reduce unwanted email by identifying it right in your inbox.
– News Canada