How to reduce spam in your inbox

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Nothing can be more annoying then viewing and then deleting your spam email. Spam refers to unwanted bulk messages most commonly sent through email.

The advancements of technology has made spam accessible through more than just email. People can now receive spam through instant messaging,  blogs, text messages, and even voice over internet conversation programs. Its mostly used by advertisers because of its low cost, but is also used by scammers to trick you into giving up sensitive information.

That’s why it’s important to  never click on links, download attachments, or reply to messages from senders you’re not familiar with. If you do, the information you give up may used by scammers in a variety of ways, including selling your sensitive information to others.

However, there are ways to reduce the amount of spam you receive:

  • Look into your spam filter and use it – Most email services have some sort of spam filter available.  The filter identifies potential spam messages and then sends them into a separate spam folder. Some also allows you to report messages as spam or mark them as junk. You can also forward unwanted or deceptive messages to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov. Be sure to include the complete spam email.
  • Read privacy policies  – Before you submit your email address to a website, check the privacy policy to determine if the website owner will sell it to others.  Also look for pre-checked boxes that will sign you up for email newsletters, updates, and advertisements from the company and its affiliates.  Some websites will allow you to opt out of the emails.  It might be also be a good idea to have two email addresses and have one designated for sign-ups.
  • Make sure your computer is protected – Hackers monitor the internet looking for unprotected computers that they can install malware on, allowing them to control the computers remotely.  Make sure your security software is up to date and run it frequently to detect possible threats.  Disconnect your computer from the internet when not in use.

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