The word “spam” in the online world has a lot of definitions. However, it usually points to an unsolicited email message that is typically about a commercial product which is sent out to a large number of email addresses. These bulk messages can be dangerous, especially today when they are now being used to steal money and even for identity theft. Nevertheless, there are ways on how you can successfully fight spam including the following:
Watch Out for Delivery Failure Notifications
This is applicable if you have received a message regarding delivery failure of an email that you actually did not send. Oftentimes, you will find a link on that spam mail and it will release a worm to your computer when you click on it.
Obfuscate Your Email Address
When you are actively participating in forums, blogs, chat groups, or newsgroups, you will most likely be included in a spam mailing list. This is why you should disguise your address so that you cannot be contacted by spam bots. For instance, if your real email address is [email protected], you can insert obvious modifications to make it [email protected]_thisPLE.com.
Use a Temporary Address
Generally called a disposable email address, this will help you get rid of spam mails and spammers as well. There are many risks when you provide your primary email address to persons or companies that you do not fully trust. This is why a secondary address is more than valuable as you fight spam messages.
Employ Disposable Email for Websites
If you have a website, you can use a disposable address for your forms and your mailing list. If a client sends you an email that you wish to receive, you can send him or her a reply that includes information on where they can send you further emails. Usually, inserting “Reply-to” in the subject line helps them identify the content of your message.
Report a Spam Message
One of the best ways to beat spam mails is to report them. If you have proven that someone is really sending you spam messages, there is a chance that this spammer will lose his or her Internet access. In addition, they might be required to pay fees since they have broken the acceptable use policies of their Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Unknown Senders are Usually Spammers
Every email service has an address book which can be helpful because everyone you know is listed there. This can also be used as a tool for you to efficiently identify spam and those that are sending them. It is wise that you assume unfamiliar or anonymous senders are spammers. This is especially true if you do not receive a lot of emails from strangers. The best way for you to deal with this is to filter these messages into your Junk, Trash, or Spam folder.
Spam messages are constantly changing. In order for you to fight spam, you need to catch up with all the adjustments. Although there are spam systems that you can use, it is always more useful if you take the necessary precautions.