Inbox getting filled with Nigerian princes, Viagra sales, and solicitations to get degrees from colleges you’ve never heard of? Spam is a common and annoying problem. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce and nearly eliminate spam.
First, if your inbox is currently out of control, it may be easiest to start over with a new email address. This is easy to do with services such as Gmail. Or, if you want to use an inbox provided by your internet service provider (ISP), most ISPs allow you to have more than one email address. Check with your ISP on how to add additional addresses to your
Use a complex address
If you’re going to start a new email account, you have a great opportunity to make things difficult for spammers by making your email address complex. An email address like, email@example.com, might make it easy for your friends and family to find you, but it makes it easy for spammers to find you too. Try including punctuation or numbers to your
email address to throw them off.
Disposable email addresses
If you’re registering for something online, you might try using a disposable email address such as those available from Ten Minute Email (10minutemail.com)
Have a “Spam” account
If you’d rather keep a record of what you’ve signed up for, or may need to request a forgotten password, consider having an account that you just use for possible spam. If you’ve decided to start fresh, you may even simply designate your old email address as your spam account. Whenever signing up for things online, just use this “Spam” account.
Be cautious of what you’re signing up for
When registering for services online, look for checkboxes giving permission to send promotions and offers or to provide your email address to other companies and uncheck those boxes.
Do NOT unsubscribe
Unsubscribing from a service you’ve never signed up for is a great way to let spammers know that their messages are getting to a real person. Don’t encourage them.
Use your spam filter
When you DO get spam, simply mark it as spam in your email client. How you do this varies depending on what you’re using. Some email services can even be trained to recognize spam based on what you’ve previously marked.
Use an antispam
If you are using an email client like Microsoft Outlook, you might consider antispam software such as Cloudmark DesktopOne (cloudmarkdesktop.com). Antispam software uses a set of rules that are frequently updated to recognize and remove spam from your inbox.