Take note of the following to prevent spam in your inbox;
1. Never click on malicious links
Avoid clicking on links that you are not familiar with, download files from websites whose credibility you are not sure of or give confidential details to unknown senders.
2. Hide your email
You should be on the know how by hiding your email address from online profiles, social networking sites and your website as well. Displaying your email address will make it easy for ‘spambots’ to collect your email address and misuse it.
3. Read the Terms and Conditions
Regularly check on all terms and conditions before signing up to websites as you may be consenting to receive ‘marketing emails of which most of them have no relation to your work environment or interests.
4. Stay one step ahead
Create an alternative email address for when signing up to websites you don’t trust, so spam can be sent to that address instead.
5. Email address munging
Write your email address in a way that people can work out what it means but will fool spambots e.g. [email protected] as ‘sales at ct dot co.uk.’
6. Do not initiate contact
Never reply to spam or send a ‘remove from mailing list’ request. This confirms to a spammer that your address is valid and you’ll get even more spam.
7. Use a spam filter
The email client you use to access and send email such as Outlook and Apple Mail, do filter spam but they are not perfect. An additional spam filter catches over 98% of spam and security threats from emails sent to your inbox.
8. Train your spam filter
When you find spam in your inbox, don’t just delete it. Select it, and tell your filter that the message is spam. However check your junk folder every so often to ensure the filter is working properly.
Are you struggling with spam emails? What measures have you put in place to prevent spam email? Let us know in the comment section, we love hearing from you 🙂