The spam I am talking about is not the kind that comes out of a can.
Spam is the electronic version of “junk mail.” Spam is often unwanted, email messages that don’t necessarily contain viruses.
How can you reduce the amount of spam you receive?
- Don’t give your email address away all wily nilly – Email addresses have become so common that a space for them is often included on any form you are filling out—even comment cards at restaurants. It may seem harmless to you but sometimes these lists are sold or shared with other companies, and suddenly you are receiving email that you didn’t request.
- Check your options – When you sign up for online accounts or services, there may be a section that gives you the option to receive email about other products and services. There should be a place that lets you say ‘no’ to getting those emails.
- Have a ‘fun stuff’ email – If you are the type of person who likes to sign up for free stuff, play games online, shop online, fill out contest forms etc. you may want to have a second email account just for that stuff. That way, you protect your privacy and if the account starts to fill up with spam, you can get rid of it and open a different one.
- Use privacy settings on social networking sites – Social networking sites usually let you choose who can see your email address. Think about hiding your email account or changing the settings so that only a small group of people that you trust are able to see your address.