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Over 97% of all email in the world is spam, according to Microsoft. It’s the single most unwanted, unwarranted, and just plain frustrating part of our online lives. And while most spam is generally quite harmless solicitations, the ultimate goal of all spam mail is to steal your personal information and scam you. To protect yourself, you need to attack spam at it’s source.

Our Top Tips to Combat Spam in Your Inbox

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Separate Your Name-Email from Other Emails – Most people use only one email for their leisure browsing. Usually this is enough for your needs, but sharing that information with every forum, newsgroup, and social network out there opens your email up to spam. Using dummy accounts for your internet persona can help separate your spam from your identity.

Never Keep Your Email Public – No matter how safe the websites you use, putting your own personal email up where everyone can see it puts it at risk for spam and identity theft. Automatic crawlers on the web can crawl even a private Facebook page to get your email. Once they crawl your email, your inbox is now compromised.

Run a Virus Check On Your Computer – A lot of spam occurs because your computer has been flagged with spyware. Eliminating this spyware can reduce the ability for new spammers to target you.

Set up Filters on Your Inbox – The occasional bit of spam can clog up our inbox, but much of it is harmless. For smaller cases of spam, spend some time identifying key words and titles in the spam you get (remember, don’t open links!). Most email services allow you to set up automatic filters to block the worst of the spam.

Consider Ditching the Email – If the spam becomes overwhelming in it’s frequency, and you’re getting at least 10 spam messages for each real one – consider ditching the email for good. The more spam accumulates in your inbox, the greater the odds you’ll be hit with identity-threatening scams or malicious software that can impact your real life.

Preventing Spam in the Future

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Recovering from spam attacks is the easy part. But to prevent you from losing your email, your personal information, and even your identity – you need to take the right steps to avoid exposing yourself to the most common sources of spam.

  • Never buy products or services from a source you don’t trust. Most spam is used to generate business, and that’s how.
  • Always check, when you sign up for a product or service, if there’s an option to opt out of marketing emails.
  • Make sure any mailing list you sign up for has an Anti-Spam disclaimer.
  • Check with your internet provider to see if they offer any anti-spam services.
  • Never reply to, forward, or save chain emails asking for support or that ask you to send the email to friends. These are spam phishing scams.

We hope that you take the right steps in protection yourself from scams, spams, and the individuals and systems that perpetrate them.

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