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Overwhelmed By Spam – Here Are Some Tactics To Help

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Spam – We Will Give You Some Strategies To Handle It

Anonymous, mass-mailed, unsolicited messages are an inbox blight that are difficult to escape. It’s a battle as over 70% of all sent emails are spam.

1.     Don’t Unsubscribe

Your first instinct is to click the little unsubscribe button that’s hidden at the bottom of your email subscriptions and most spam messages. All it does now is inform the pesky spammer they’ve found an email address that’s in use. Delighted at his success, the spammer lets the rest of his spammer entourage know about you.

If you don’t know who sent the email, don’t press unsubscribe.

Do This Instead: Hit delete or if it’s definitely spam, flag it as such (Report Spam in Gmail, Spam in Yahoo), so your email client knows to filter future emails from that address.

2.     You Replied to The Spammer

When you reply to a spammer asking them to give you a break, you’re doing two things that could slide your inbox into email hell.

First – you’re whitelisting the spammer’s email. With that reply, your email provider thinks you know the sender and will have no future problem with new emails.

Second – you just informed the spammer’s system of an email address that’s being used. Automatically, your spam levels will rise.

Do This Instead: Delete the email, or report it as spam. Whatever you do, don’t interact with spam messages. Don’t unsubscribe from them, don’t click any links within them, don’t open any files attached to them, and don’t reply to them.

3.     Your Friends are CCing You Into Messages

When friends or colleagues CC you into messages, every other recipient in the group can see your address. If any of their email accounts are hacked, your email address will be found and harvested, making you more susceptible to spam.

Do This Instead: When sending email to a long list of people, enter their email addresses into the BCC field, not the CC field. Get your friends to do this too. Everyone will still receive the email, but they will not be able to see each other’s email addresses.

4.     You Didn’t Read The Small Print

Disreputable sites (or dishonest employees of those sites) that you sign up to can illegally sell your email address to other companies and spammers. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this, other than only sign up to sites that you trust.

Do This Instead: This kind of practice is widespread. When signing up to a website or making an online purchase, ensure the site is reputable, be sure to check the terms and conditions of the site, and always choose not to have your information shared with other third parties if given the option.

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

2 comments on “Overwhelmed By Spam – Here Are Some Tactics To Help

  1. Does block/bounce ing these spam emails have any effect, I am still getting them even after blocking and then bouncing them or will I be better to just ignore constantly?Thanks,Janet

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