Quick Tips to Help You Prevent Spam

Never open suspicious email. It seems like a no brainer, but people do it all the time. If you don’t know who the email is from, you shouldn’t even bother looking at it—no matter how enticing the subject may look. If you’re not careful, you can end up with a virus that destroys your computer. These viruses can multiply and be sent to everyone in your address book, potentially infecting your friends’ computers as well.

Be careful forwarding mass emails and chain letters. I know it’s fun to forward funny emails to your family and friends. But people often forget that their personal email address is published at the top of the forwarded email and will most likely end up in many inboxes across the world. And once you send that message, the fate of your address is out of your hands. Eventually after making its way through email lists, online forums, and news groups, your address will end up in the hands of a spammer. They’ll know that your email address is valid, and you will be spammed right away!

Don’t unsubscribe. It’s a trap. Sometimes there is an unsubscribe message on the bottom of spam. If you didn’t know any better, you would want to click on the link and unsubscribe from the emails. After all, you’re sick of them clogging your inbox, right? Clicking on a link in a spam message tells the spammer that your email address is valid, and you will likely receive more spam in the future. Shoeboxed.com’s innovative service will block your spam and allow you to reliably one-click unsubscribe from all spam mail.

Don’t post your email address online. It’s just a bad idea. Spam software is designed to crawl websites, forums, and other online groups looking for email addresses. If it is absolutely necessary that you provide your email address, don’t write joe@gmail.com, write joe(at)gmail(dot)com.

Don’t give out your personal email address unless you know how it will be used. This seems intuitive, but it’s becoming harder and harder these days to predict how much junk mail any given company will send you. As I mentioned in an earlier article, even in-store purchases will soon come with digital email receipts. Shoeboxed.com will make sure that you never have to think about this ever again—your inbox should be for personal emails only!

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