If you’ve used your email any at all then chances are you’ve been subjected to spam email. Researchers have estimated that a person receives over 2200 spam emails per year and that accounts for almost forty percent of their emails. Battling spam is no longer an option for many users but it is a must.
If you’re combating spam on a regular basis, many people think it is best to get a new email address and start over. But there are ways to salvage your current email address so less spam gets though. First you’ll need to set up some message rules. Once you get a spam email, make a rule to delete the email from then on. Spammers will likely change something about each email so it will get through the message rules so you’ll also need some sort of anti-spam software installed on your computer. Usually an option for anti spam is included in most anti-virus and firewall programs.
Sometimes, it’s not really spam that you’re getting but it’s just as aggravating. When you sign up for some websites they ask if you would like to receive offers from them or their partners. Basically that means we want to try and sell you something by email. It’s not really spam because you signed up for it and you may be able to unsubscribe but it may not be that easy. For cases like that always opt out of the advertisements. If you do decide to subscribe to a mailing list make sure it is only for that website and not their “partner sites” too. Another option you can look at is disposable email addresses. While they won’t do much for the spam problem you currently have, you can use them to combat future spam. Using a disposable email address allows you to sign up for services using a public email address. Be warned that anything you send to an anonymous disposable email can be seen by others on that system. This is a great way to sign up for mailing lists to see what it is all about before you submit your regular email address.