How The New Computer User Can Reduce Spam

How the​ New Computer User Can Reduce Spam
Every computer user gets spam in​ their email almost daily .​
There is​ just no way to​ avoid junk email unless you want to​ delete it​ without reading it .​
Yes,​ you can compare it​ to​ those telemarketers who call you at​ dinnertime (or any other time) .​
There is​ no way to​ avoid having an​ email address on​ the​ computer because if​ you have an​ account,​ you must have an​ email address to​ do business on​ the​ Internet .​
Someone will find a​ way to​ contact you either by phone,​ snail mail or​ email to​ try to​ sell you an​ idea,​ plan,​ or​ a​ product .​
There is​ just no escaping junk email if​ you have an​ account on​ the​ Internet,​ and this unwanted email can become annoying at​ times.
Spam filters are used by most of​ the​ Internet Service Providers such as​ American Online .​
The computer user fills out a​ list of​ overused spam words in​ the​ email settings filter and saves it .​
After the​ settings go into effect,​ any any future email containing the​ spam word that you inserted into the​ filter will not make it​ into your email account .​
You may get spam in​ your spam folder,​ but some of​ it​ may be email you may want to​ read .​
If you want the​ email in​ your regular email ,​ you can whitelist the​ email address in​ your address book so that the​ email is​ sent directly to​ your email account.
Be cautious in​ revealing your personal email address,​ for privacy or​ for safety reasons as​ well as​ avoiding spam .​
Do not let fear of​ spammers limit your time on​ the​ Internet forums or​ groups,​ as​ you can use a​ free email address or​ a​ disposable email account such as​ those on​ Hotmail,​,​ and Yahoo .​
Addresses from these accounts are often used by people to​ guard their privacy on​ forums and groups on​ the​ Web .​
When you feel that you know someone trustworthy,​ you can give them your personal email address .​
But have at​ least one or​ two different free disposable email addresses to​ cut the​ spamming in​ the​ personal email account.
Avoid responding to​ unsolicited spam as​ it​ will confirm your address to​ the​ spammer which could,​ in​ turn,​ send you even more spam than you will ever want to​ see .​
Also if​ you answer or​ complain about the​ offensive emails it​ may only come back to​ your email address as​ undeliverable or​ may be sent to​ some other annoyed computer user's address .​
You can call or​ email your Internet Service Provider and ask what their procedure is​ in​ blocking spam .​
Several years ago,​ I​ remember sending manually a​ few hundred junk emails back to​ the​ Report Abuse team at​ my free email account .​
This worked very well as​ it​ has not happened again .​
Find out from your Internet Service Provider how they can help you end the​ onslaught of​ spam .​
Usually the​ spammer's account will be terminated or​ shut down if​ there are enough complaints from consumers.
Check with Spam Cop and Network Abuse Clearninghouse's resources and information for people who receive spam .​
These informative resources can contact the​ Internet Service Providers so that the​ spammer is​ made aware of​ complaints,​ although at​ times they may not always be accurate .​
Remember that the​ spam will continue if​ people remain complacent or​ just too lazy to​ report it.
Reducing the​ level of​ spam in​ your mailbox may take a​ little time and effort on​ your part .​
What you can also do is​ start blocking certain email addresses that come from repeated spammers .​
The junk emails are then blocked before they even reach your mailbox address .​
Again,​ set up the​ spam filter to​ block emails containing certain spam words so that you will not receive them .​
These two techniques alone will reduce the​ onslaught of​ unwanted junk emails in​ your personal email account.
The computer user must be careful of​ not clicking on​ email attachments from unknown senders as​ they can contain various types of​ viruses and infectious worms that can harm your computer or​ files .​
If you did not request a​ email to​ be sent to​ you,​ do not open an​ attachment as​ it​ could be a​ worm .​
You do not want to​ pay for expensive computer repairs .​
These problems,​ in​ turn,​ can be avoided if​ you have a​ strong firewall and good antivirus software in​ place on​ your computer .​
Do not be indifferent and believe that it​ will not happen to​ you .​
Be cautious,​ and try to​ research on​ protecting your computer .​
your online and offline privacy,​ and your Internet account.

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