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Simple Steps to Defeating SPAM

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SPAM is a growing problem which isn't going away any time soon. These
aren't steps which will combat SPAM against the entire nation, but this
will help you as an individual defeat SPAM and manage your email better.

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GMail SPAM filter is fighting a losing battle. I am doing some ANTI-SPAM
testing. For the past 4 months I have been very public with my Gmail
email address, signing up for newsletters, using it on forms, and sharing
it publicly on forums, blogs, and discussion boards. I expected to get
SPAMMED to death, that's exactly what's beginning to happen. Everyday, I
receive about 20 junk emails. I know that is small, but for someone who
is use to never seeing SPAM in their inbox, it's a quite bit.

I did this sort of testing, once before with Yahoo! Mail, and I took the
time to get rid of all my SPAM (from coming into the inbox). I'll share
my secret.

1. First, you should have 3 email addresses; (,, These 3 email addresses should represent your public
(personal) email address, your business email address, and your spam
catcher). Remember the less you publicly use your email address, the
less SPAM you'll have.

2. If you wish to use your public or business email address, each site
you travel to, (which you plan or must share your email address) you
should check the site Privacy Policy. You don't have to study the
policy, but finger through it and see what their policy is about sharing
your information. If the policy doesn't have this clause or the site
doesn't have a Privacy Policy (visibly linked) then be skeptical and
assume this site plans to share your information. Many sites claim to be
legit and have a privacy policy in place, but through the backdoor they
sell your information, so never put all trust into the privacy policy,
just make good judgment. The best thing about managi ng your SPAM is that
you can speculate how someone got your email address, because your amount
of SPAM is down to a minimum and you are securely managing your email
address. Any place you need to enter your email address and you feel
skeptical about using your public or business email address then you
should enter your spam catcher email.

3. Your public (personal) email address should be used for public
trusted sources, such as: on forums, discussion boards which you
frequent. You should use this address only on sites which you trust and
visit on a day-to-day or occasional basis. Your public email address
should be used for sign-up forms (only sites you want information from).
Your public email address should also be used to subscribe to newsletters
which you initiate. Your public (personal) email address should be your
most commonly used email address for basic day-to-day communication.
This is the email address you should share with family, friends, and co-

4. Your business email address should be used for business contacts. In
fact, your business email should NOT be a free email address, it should
be an email address with your company, your website, or your business
name (example: If you don't have a company,
business, or website then use a free email address and make this your
email address for professional purposes, such as putting this email on
your resume, etc. This should be for extremely trusted sources. You
should only share your business email address with individuals you
connect with one-on-one on a professional or business level. Example:
You shouldn't share this email address with the customer service staff of
a company, but you should share this email address with the CEO of the
company. This is your exclusive email address. In some instances you
may share your business email address with the customer service staff,
but the source should be trusted and you should make good judgment.
Example: If the company plans to send you sensitive information via
email, like money market account information. Your business email can be
used for signing up at sites which you will use your credit card and is a
highly respectable and honest site, world renown. This email should only
be used with those whom you trust with your information and trust will
not share or send you advertisements. You should only use this email
address to get company related information or information which directly
affects you or your business on a consumer or business level. You shoul d
NEVER publish your business email address on any website, forum,
discussion board, or any other publicly available media.

5. Your spam catcher email address is the email address you should use
at any time you feel skeptical, when you don't trust a si te, or when a
site doesn’t provide you information that you wish to receive. Many
sites have products, programs, or services which you want, but to
register or to move forward you must enter an email address (and most of
the time the email address must be valid and confirmed), therefore you
should have a spam catcher email address, for non-trusted sources. Using
your spam catcher email address you could easily register at any site
while using a valid email address, which you can log into and confirm the
authenticity of the email addresses.

6. Use the 'Report Spam' feature of your email client. Most online and
now even software (local install) email clients have a 'Report Spam'
feature which blocks the delivery of future mail from the sender. It is
important to make good use of this feature, because it will help keep
your inbox free of unwanted mail. The only email addresses you are
worried about receiving spam from is your personal email address and
business email address, the spam catcher email address should not be an
account you log into daily, you should only log into your spam catcher
email address to confirm an email. At this point you shouldn't receive
any spam into your business email address account, if you followed the
steps above, but if you do then make sure you use the 'Report Spam'
feature so you can block future delivery. Use the 'Report Spam' feature
immediately when you receive spam so there is no delay and to be sure you
don't miss a spam message. In your personal email address acc ount you
will probably receive spam messages or unwanted mail, if you do then make
sure you use the 'Report Spam' feature each time you receive a piece of
unwanted mail, within a few months and good email address management
(following the steps above) you should never or rarely see any spam
coming into your inbox.

If you receive any mail into your inbox, then make sure you use the
"Report Spam" feature within the email client. This should soon
eliminate any mail you do not wish to have. Following the ste ps above is
imperative to getting a good clean inbox. Managing your email address is
ultimately your responsibility and you should know who you share your
information with. Most people use only one email address for all their
communication, this technique is not the best option. You should use at
least 3 email addresses adhering to the steps above. You can simply log
into one account, your personal email address or your business email
address and just have the email from the other forwarded to the account
you log into most. You can also send email from the account under either
your personal or business email address. Setting up forwarders and
multiple sender accounts is not a hard task in the 3 major online email
clients. For some additional steps may need to be taken, like with
Yahoo! you must have a paid account to forward your email, but from Gmail
you can automatically forward your email where you like for FREE. So, if
you forward your Gmail email to your Yahoo! account and setup multiple
accounts within your Yahoo! Account then you are in good shape. Use the
Hotmail account as your spam catcher. This is just a thought, but you
can set it up any way you like, its your preference. Currently, I have a
paid Yahoo! account and I use my Yahoo! account as my business email
address. I use my Gmail account as my personal email, and I use my
Hotmail account as my spam catcher. My Yahoo! mail is forwarded directly
to my Gmail account, and I have a sender account setup in my Gmail
account, which will send mail as my Yahoo! email address. I use Gmail
Notify and know instantly whenever I receive new mail from either my
public (personal) or business email address. I rarely log into my
Hotmail account, only to confirm an email or just to login so my account
doesn’t close. This proactive approach has kept my inbox clean for years
and now I’m sure it will help you with your fight against SPAM!

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