How Your Commercial Or Free AntiSpam Blocker Can Be Even More Effective

Here are tips that will work alongside your commercial or free antispam blocker to reduce the amount of spam you receive, the security threats they pose and the number of those spam lists your email address gets added to.

The advice is in two parts...

  1. Practical advice on spam
    This is about what each of us can do to limit the impact spam can have on us. It's about modifying our habits by following some "dos" and "don'ts".
  2. Software measures
    Although the advice in part one can have a significant, positive impact on our spam and security control, we can't do without software protection... particularly if we inadvertently trigger the malware dangers that can often accompany spam.

    This protection to guard privacy and onlne security is a must for anyone using email or accessing the Internet... so, check whether you have this protection installed at Software Tips To Work Alongside Your Spam Blocker.

So now, in this section, we'll be focussing on the practical things you can do to protect yourself from spam -- the "do's and don'ts"...


Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker... Practical Advice


1. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Giving Out Email Addresses

Don't give out your email address in forums, guest books, news groups or websites.

Websites usually enter addresses into a database to keep track of their customers and their preferences. Sometimes, these lists can be sold to, or shared with, other companies... the start of spam that we didn't request!

2. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Secondary Email Address

Use a secondary email address. At some point, we have to divulge our e-mail address when purchasing goods, signing up for services, joining membership sites etc.

My advice is to consider opening an additional email account for this purpose and use your main address for friends, family and trusted contacts. If the spam load becomes unmanageable on your secondary account, you can just close it down and open up a new one.

Many domains offer free email accounts, such as Hotmail and Yahoo!

3. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Check Privacy Policies

If we have to submit our email address online, then look for a privacy policy. It's a pain and it slows us down, but it's good advice... more often than not, websites will state whether we're downloading spyware or if our email address is going to be used for marketing purposes... meaning more spam!

A site's privacy policy should tell us what the website intends to do with our personal information. If there is no privacy policy or you are unhappy with the statement, leave the site.

4. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Unknown Sources Of Email

Do not open spam or email from unknown sources. If the person sending an email is unknown, then the mail should not be opened, but deleted!

Spam carries a number of security risks, which can be triggered by just previewing the mail. These risks are discussed in the main article, Choosing Your Spam Slammers.

5. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Disable HTML mail

If we do open junk email accidentally, we can ensure a web bug is not activated by disabling HTML mail entirely and viewing messages in plain text. This also ensures the opportunity for a malicious e-mail to successfully attack our computer with malware.

To disable HTML for Outlook Express, click Tools, Options, Read and then Read all messages in plain text.

6. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Don't Open Attachments

We have to be careful of attachments, even from people we know. We should never open attachments from sources we don't know... this is one of the most important pieces of advice on spam in relation to email.

Attachments have a high risk of carrying viruses, worms, Trojans, scripts, spyware... in fact, any type of malware could be unleashed on our computers once the attachment is opened.

Even if we are pretty certain the attachment is secure, we should at least scan it with our antivirus and antispyware programs.

7. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Turn Off 'Read Receipts'

Turning off 'read receipts' in our e-mail client is one way to prevent spammers from knowing their e-mails have got through and so confirming our address is valid.

For Outlook Express, go to Tools, Options, then Receipts.

8. Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Don't Click On Links

Don't click on links in an email. This is particularly true for "unsubscribe" links that promise to remove us from the circulation list. If we respond, all this does is confirm our address is genuine, ensuring even more spam.


That completes the practical tips that will have a positive impact on our spam and security control. But there is more...

We also need to keep in mind that a commercial or free antispam blocker is not the only software protection we need against spam. We still need other software protection, particularly if we inadvertently trigger the malware dangers that can often accompany spam.

So, check whether you have this protection to guard privacy and online security from spam, at Software Tips To Work Alongside Your Commercial Or Free AntiSpam Blocker


Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker...
Supporting Articles

  1. The Best Spam Slammers To Protect You From Spam Dangers
  2. What Does Spam Stand For?
  3. Spam Slammers... These Are The Dangers When Spam Gets Through
  4. The Four Types Of Spam Slammers
  5. Software Steps To Improve the Effectiveness Of Your Commercial Or Free Antispam Blocker
  6. How To Spam Spammers
  7. Spam Spammers With MailWasher Pro
  8. Reduce The Load Of Your Spam Slammers By Keeping Off Spam Lists
  9. Phishing And How To Block It
  10. Botnets And Your Zombie PC Fix

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