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Spam is E-mail that is not requested. Also known as "unsolicited commercial e-mail" (UCE), "unsolicited bulk e-mail" (UBE), "gray mail" and just plain "junk mail," the term is both a noun (the e-mail message) and a verb (to send it). Spam is used to advertise products or to broadcast some political or social commentary.
Like viruses, spam has become a scourge on the Internet as hundreds of millions of unwanted messages are transmitted daily to almost every e-mail recipient as well as to newsgroups. Unfortunately for users and fortunately for spammers, as an advertising medium, spam does produce results. Even if only an infinitesimal number of users reply, it is still cost effective since e-mail is a very inexpensive way to reach people.
Spam is common and often frustrating, it is a side effect of having an e-mail. It is not possible to eliminate it completely but here we have put up tips to combat it..
Last Updated - 3rd October 2005
- Spammers use special programs that extract e-mail addresses from Web sites and Usenet postings. To avoid ending on a spammer's mailing list when you post to a Web forum or a newsgroups, you can obscure your e-mail address by inserting something obvious into it. If your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, modify it to read e-mail@yah[delete_this]oo.com or better still use it as e-mail at yahoo.com
- Never reply to spam messages, even when they entice you to reply to "remove" you from their mailing lists. Often the instructions are either bogus, or a way to collect more addresses. Replying confirms to the spammers that your e-mail address is active, and you may receive even more junk mail
- Remove your e-mail address from your website's pages and provide a web based mail form instead. This way spammers can't send robots to your page to harvest e-mail addresses and put them on their mailing lists.
- Don't Buy from Spammers - Spammers are in it for the money. Do not encourage them by purchasing from spammers.
- Don't Delete Spam Automatically - Make sure you get to see all the mail you want. Spam filters are not perfect, so they may produce false positives and delete legitimate mail.
- Don't Reply to Spam on a Mailing List - You don't want to be a spammer, do you? Replying to spam that appears on a mailing list may make you look like one, though.
- Don't Use Your Primary Email Address to Sign Up for Anything - You never know what might happen to an e-mail address you use to sign up for Web sites or newsletters. It might be passed on to spammers.
- Filter Spam Using ISP-Supplied Junk Mail Headers - Maybe your Internet Service Provider runs a spam filter that changes messages subtly if it believes they are junk.
- Ignore Delivery Failures of Messages You Did Not Send - If you wonder why you are getting delivery failures for messages you know you did not send, the cause may be a worm or a spammer, and it's probably not on your computer.
- Know the E-mail Address for Spam Complaints - Complain about spam to the right person.
- Mail not Addressed to You is Likely Spam - They didn't want to reach you, anyway. Mail where you don't know the sender that which is not addressed to you is likely spam.
- Make Sure Your ISP Doesn't Filter Your Newsletters as Spam - In a laudable effort to curb down on spam, many Internet Service Providers are filtering junk mail before it can reach you, and sometimes catch good mail, too. Talk to your ISP to make sure you're getting all your favorite newsletters without interruption.
- Messages Containing "One-Time Mailing" Are Spam
- Use a Good Anti-Spam Program - Achieve a near spam-free e-mail account by employing one of the great anti-spam tools that filter junk mail using all kinds of clever strategies.
- Watch Out for Those Checkboxes - Make sure you don't opt in for e-mails you don't want, and watch out for checkboxes when you submit any form on a Web site.
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