1. Ignore Spam Email
Do not open an unsolicited email. Spammers are just playing a numbers game. They simply send out like a million emails and hope that at least a third of them stick.
Spammers try to gather as many email addresses as they can. They don't even know if any of the addresses are active. It is when you answer them that they know whether or not it is an active account that is checked often.
2. Do NOT Click On the Unsubscribe Links
It is natural for you to want to click on the link at the bottom of the email that promises that you can be taken off of their email list, but do not think for a second that this is what happens.
When you click on the "click here if you wish to stop receiving these emails" link, the spammers simply change the name that sends it to you. All you have proven is that you are indeed opening and reading emails.
3. Use Various Email Addresses
Since it is unavoidable to receive spam, set up a "dummy" email address. You would use this address when you register for newsletters, order products, enter contests, and register your new software.
You would like to avoid using you primary email address, or the email address that you receive from your ISP for things like that. This is the email that you would give your contacts or "safe people".
4. Don't Post Your Address
If you have a web site, avoid posting your email address in your "contact me" section.
Since spammers scan through web sites and look for the @ symbol, write your email address with the word "at" instead.
That makes it a bit more difficult for spammers to find your email address because they use special software that searches for the symbol, and not just the words.
5. Do Not Purchase from Spam
The absolute worst thing that you could do is buy something from spam. Just imagine how perfect the world would be if everyone gathered together to refuse to buy things that were offered in an unsolicited email. Spammers would be out of business the moment that they realized that they weren't getting anywhere.
6. Beware of Free Trial Software
For every legitimate download, there are plenty that are designed to get your personal information, which will eventually lead you to more spam. This is particularly popular from free trial software as well as free software.
Spammers use this method in a similar manner as they would use a gift promotion and contest sign in. That is one of the most beneficial ways for spammers to get you on their hook.
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