How can I prevent spam in my emails?
You won’t be able to prevent all spam, but here are a few practices that may help.
- Try not to post your email address in chat rooms, news groups or other public venues.
- Don’t purchase products or services that come from companies that solicit you in an email.
- If you receive an email from an individual or company you do not know, delete it.
- When you fill out a form on the Internet, see if there is a “check box” that is checked by default for you to receive a newsletter or other information.
- Consider using a more complicated user name.
- Don’t participate in chain emails.
- Only click links and open attachments from trusted senders.
- Check the spelling of the email. Spam often contains misspellings, oddly-worded phrases, and gibberish.
- If you get a great deal of spam from a specific source, get in touch with your Internet service provider and complain. They don’t like spam either. Once they are alerted, they can filter out mail from a suspected spammer address.
- Many email programs allow you to set up rules to filter out emails or you can install a “spam filter.”