Spam Blacklist - Anti Spam Protection


How to Protect Yourself from Spam

While most of us see spam as an annoyance, in recent years it has grown into a serious online problem. According to the most commonly accepted estimate, as much as 95% of all emails sent are spam. While the majority of these spam messages are simply annoying sales pitches or transparent scams, many of them are dangerous phishing emails that contain links that look legitimate but will actually redirect you to malware sites that steal vital personal information. So you need to protect yourself and be very careful about these questionable emails.

Like most computer-related problems, prevention is the best cure against spam. For example, if you are posting to a newsgroup or blog comment, you can disguise your email address by inserting unnecessary and obvious letters. When automated spam programs try to send email spam to that address, it would bounce while those who want to email you will simply remove the extraneous letters to get the correct address. If you sign up for something on the web, uncheck the box that enables third parties to send you emails concerning products of interest; you know the one I mean. And when you’re selecting the user name on your email address, make it as complicated and hard to guess as possible in order to frustrate spammers; you can do this by making your user name more than one word and adding underscores and numbers.

Even if you’ve followed these anti spam tips diligently, you most likely will still receive spam at your inbox. If you use a free email service like Gmail or Yahoo, then you already enjoy anti spam protection that prevents such nuisance emails from reaching your inbox. If you use a desktop email program such as Eudora or Outlook, you can use their built-in anti spam filtering tools to prevent spam from reaching certain addresses or block messages that contain certain keywords. You can also download free spam filters for Windows which come with varying levels of complexity in their filtering.

One drawback of using spam filtering tools is that legitimate emails accidentally get added to the spam blacklist and never reach your inbox. This is why you should regularly check your spam, junk or bulk folders to see if any emails you want to receive were identified as spam and then whitelist them by adding their email addresses to your address book. And, if you’re sending email to friends, never leave the subject line blank as this is a common spanner trick and will likely land your message in their spam folder; similarly, avoid one word subjects such as Hello. Also, avoid trigger phrases such as Viagra that could turn your message into a ‘false positive’ for spam.

Finally, if you’ve signed up for an email newsletter and then changed your mind, never use the spam button to unsubscribe. These newsletters usually have instructions on how to unsubscribe at the bottom of the message which you should follow. If you report these newsletters as spam, it may prevent others from receiving them.



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