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11.11 Fighting Spam

'Spam mail' (also known as 'junk mail') usually means unwanted solicitation and advertisement email messages. Mostly, they are thrown away unread, but even so, cleaning up an inbox can be very time-consuming. That is why spam is to be forestalled.

Email providers offer various tools for "filtering" incoming mail. Though not guaranteeing absolute efficiency, they can make your life much easier.

Another way to fight spam is taking the privacy protection into one's own hands. If you do not want your email address to suddenly pop up on some third-party mailing list, don't give it to the people you don't trust. In case you post your email address on an online forum or give it away in a chat room, there is a good chance it will be abused.

Here are some more tips on fighting spam:

  • Do not respond to an unsolicited message; by doing that you inform the spammer that your email address exists. This will result in more spam.
  • Do not click on any links or images in a spam message.
  • Use spam filters if possible.
  • Do not forward "chain letters" to your friends - you won't get any money for that.

Written on 2003-08-29 19:05:41 and updated on 2009-03-10 08:25:05.