4 steps every user must follow to fight against E-mail SPAM.
It has been a long time since I registered on Gmail and haven’t received a single SPAM mail. This is because I have cautiously used my E-mail IDs at every web portal I registered with. As a result, my Gmail Account has been clean with a “Zero Spam History”. By zero spam history I mean no SPAM in my inbox and not even in the SPAM folder! I am sure of one technique that Email-Spammers have been flowing since the online SPAM world came into existence. It’s what I call as “Steal and Exploit”.
The main sources of Email SPAM are websites with Freebies, Porn related content and Get Paid To (GPT). Once a user registers on these websites, their Email ID is available for the spammers. How? May be these website owners “sell” the Email IDs to spammers. The bottom line is, you can’t stop them. The only trick is let them continue with what they are doing and keep your important Email accounts away from them.
Follow these steps to effectively beat SPAM:
- Use 3 Email Accounts. One only for your important contacts, second for social networking and third as a disposable email account especially for spammers.
- If your accounts are only on Gmail, use a freeware application called GmailAssistant to check multiple email accounts at the same time for new emails to make it convenient. For other email services, you can use ePrompter (freeware) which supports AIM, AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, Yahoo Beta, Gmail, POP3, Earthlink, Excite, Juno, Email.com, Lycos, Mail.com, Mindspring, MSN, MyWay, Netscape, Rediffmail, SBC Yahoo and hundreds of other e-mail domains.
- Disclose the disposable Email ID anywhere you want. Spammers will be able to attack this disposable account only.
- You can get a quick and free disposable email from 10 Minute Mail, Guerrilla Mail and Mailinator.
Well, this is my way. Do you have your own way of dealing with email SPAM? If yes, then share your creative ideas to deal with this menace.