In this article we are going to cover some of the basic steps that you can take to reduce the amount of spam that you get in your email inbox. Spam is any unsolicited and usually commercial junk mail. The spammer uses unconventional and unethical methods to procure peoples email addresses, so naturally the source of all that junk mail cannot be trusted unless you know that you signed up for it. Knowing how these spammers end up with your email address is the first step to knowing how to avoid spam.
How spammers get your email address:
Because most of us are good natured people that want to spread a little cheer, or show our support for what seems to be a good cause, we are often unaware of the consequences of chain emails and forwards. Appealing to our emotions, the spammer tricks people into forwarding his/her message to your friends, including forwarding back to the spammer in the process. Once the email is forwarded back to the spammer, he or she will have the chance to “harvest” email addresses each time someone blindly forwards that email. That is the real intention behind most chain emails, unless they are from a reputable source. So, it pays to be aware of this little trick in order to avoid getting spam and unknowingly violating the privacy of your friends and family by making their emails available to spammers. If you receive a chain letter that asks you to forward it to your friends including the sender, it’s best to ignore and delete that email. If you got the email from your friend or family member and you notice that your email address is exposed, kindly ask them to use the BCC instead of the CC feature when forwarding emails to you in the future. Using the BCC feature is one of the simplest ways to help stop spam.
Website Sign Ups:
Some business websites post the email of their contact person right in the open. This is not advisable as you can imagine why. Some spammers use software that is specifically designed to search through websites and harvest such exposed email addresses. Once that email address is in the hands of the spammer, it is then used for other purposes than what it is intended for in the first place. So it’s better to use a contact form that does not expose your email address and has a human validation process built into it to avoid getting automated junk mail. Your web developer should be able to help you to get that set up; if they can’t, we can help you get that set up. Besides being annoying, spam and all other junk mail can reduce the efficiency of a business by adding unnecessary trash that has to be filtered through. It helps to use some spam filters, but I have not yet found one that blocks everything.