Let’s face it, nobody likes SPAM mail, and these quick tips will help you to avoid SPAM landing in your mailbox. What does SPAM mean anyway? It is basically a message, sent to a large number of people, through a bulk mailing, that deliverss irrelevant or inappropriate content over Internet to you. The sender wants nothing less than your money for most likely a sub par service, or worse scam. Legitimate online retailers will always ask permission to add your name to the company email list. They will never sell your email to a list company who inturn sells it to a SPAM artist.
Believe it or not, SPAM works both ways. Did you know your email account can be hacked and used for SPAM? What happens often though, is your email address is a spoof. Meaning the hacker has taken it to overwrite their email address. So anyone who receives your email opens it not suspecting that you are really not the sender. Below are 14 quick tips to avoid SPAM of any nature for any reason.
1. Purchase a SPAM Filter With Your Website Package
Most web host companies will offer a SPAM filter option. The free filters will require you to do most of the work; however, the paid filters have a consistent collection of email addresses that filters recognize or flag as SPAM agents.
2. Use Email for Viable Uses Only to Avoid SPAM
Avoid sending emails to outside sources other than official business, you do not want to end up with a lot of SPAM. It is your responsibility to keep your emails clean. When you start to use your email for every website you visit you are bound to receive solicitations you didn’t want. You can set up a dump email box, on to capture all that junk mail you will get from those promotions. If that box experiences a hack, nothing too damaging should happen, but it is very annoying to your friends.
3. Use Email on a Secure Server
Avoid using your email on an open Wi-Fi server (such as MacDonald’s, the public library, etc.). If you are on a public transportation setting, or in a public environment, turn your Wi-Fi off on your mobile device. Always use a secured Wi-Fi or one that requires a password or a secured Cellular setting.
4. Use a Separate Email ID When Registering with Websites
When registering with the websites, whether it is for a product you have been sold or an informational site, when you register with a website, or you are required to register in order to make a purchase or get your free offer, set up a temporary email service. You can read the login details and enter the validation code, upon registration with this email ID. After a short period of time, the email service deletes the email.
5. Do Not Use Your Email on a Public Site
Another way to avoid SPAM is not to use your email on a public website. It will only open you up to potential spam schemes. There are bots and mysterious hackers who are just waiting to pickup your email address and hack our login credentials. Instead, open an independent email that you can use for such inquiries. This type of email is known as a dump email. There is where all junk mail will go.
6. Make it a habit to review your SPAM folder regularly.
Delete SPAM immediately, do not let it sit on your server, Don’t open it and don’t forward it. At the very least, try to clean out the box every week so that you capture the email you want, such as your favorite online retailer’s coupons or blog from an organization you follow. This will also help to avoid overwhelm when you weed through the myriads of spam.
7. Do Not Use This Email To Enter Any Chat Rooms.
Remember there is a lot of anomynity in chat rooms. You really don’t know who you are talking to. And, you really don’t know where you are logging into as well.
8. Do Not Use the Same Email login That You Do For Other Websites
For example, don’t use the same login credentials that you would use for your WordPress site, your bank accounts, or your company login, etc. You get the picture, right? If you do, you run the risk of that mysterious hacker who was lurking in that chat room, who will use that information to read through your email and find out what bank you use. Before you know it, your bank account is empty. Even then you won’t figure that out until a check bounces. It is the same with SPAM,since a spammer gets access into your email, then your email will be recognized as a spammer resulting in your email being blocked.
9. Change Your Email Password Often
Need I say more? You’re probably thinking, wait? How does SPAM use your email? Your email can be hacked and taken over by a SPAMMER at any time just by figuring out our email password. The good news is, you can put a stop to it as soon as you change our password.
10. Do NOT Use Your Email To Claim Prizes.
That’s what the dump email is for. Remember that email box I mentioned above? The one you use to claim prizes, sign up for coupons, and special offers? That one.
11. Do NOT use Your email to get FREE Stuff.
Again, your business email should be kept for business use only to avoid SPAM. When you subscribe to free offers, it will only clog your business email box. Use that dump email box for these offers. When someone gives you something free, it is because they want to keep dripping information to you, until you eventually they convince you to purchase their product.
12. Do NOT Use This Email To Leave Comments On Other Websites.
They whole idea behind gathering an email is so the person who owns the blog can sell you their service, include you in their mailings, and keep your up to date on their latest offer. When you use your business email for a comment it just opens you up to more builk mailings.
13. Use your SPAM filters wisely, yet carefully.
Because you know our business better than anyone, when you have a minute, review the list of SPAM words from a compilation within the article entitled The Ultimate List of Email SPAM Trigger Words written by Karen Rubin. I found this compilation to be the most comprehensive and quite impressive list. Highlight each word that applies to your business. (For example, a Collections Lawyer would not add “Bankruptcy,” “potential earnings,” or “Credit Cards,” because all of those could apply to a law firm or collections business. Therefore, when these SPAM trigger words are been added to a spam filter, then all email you receive with those terms will end up in your spam folder. When they are selected, an email that contains that word or group of words will automatically be sent to a SPAM Folder. We want to automate your email within reason.
14. Mail is not Landing in the Inbox
As much as you try to avoid SPAM, there are the occassional times you will experience it in your inbox or at the very least a SPAM folder. Whenever, you are expecting an email, and you don’t receive it within a reasonable amount of time, you should check your SPAM folder before expressing concern of non-receipt to the sender.