Here are some steps to reduce the amount of spam you receive and to prevent malicious activity on your computer.
- Use a contact form on your website instead of listing a contact email address.
- Disguise your email address by writing it out such as "MYNAME AT GMAIL DOT COM"
- Hide your email address in an image file or with a mailto url (for a simple tool, click here)
Think Before You Click
- Never open, reply or forward an email that looks like spam. It is best to just delete the email or mark it as spam.
- Do NOT click on any link in the email. That includes the "Unsubscribe" link which informs the spammer that the email account is active.
Use Multiple Email Accounts
- Try using a free, web-based email account (such as a Yahoo or Gmail) instead of your home or work email address for registration of online services, groups, or contests. You could use the account as a "junk drawer" since many of these services/groups send news and updates that are often not wanted or may even sell your email address.
- Label spam for what it is: JUNK. Many email programs allow you to mark emails as junk or move them to a junk folder. This should stop the sender's future emails from reaching your inbox.