I hate junk email SO MUCH! I've had all kinds of stuff sent to me
over time, from offers to do all manner of strange things, right
through to 'opportunities' to sponsor some zoo animal for a buck
a month. But I'm British, so I couldn't give a buck!
I used to suffer from a common problem that many
people on the net complain of... Junk email! Commonly called 'spam'
become the number one scourge of the internet, the pet hate of
everyone with an email address. If you've never received a junk
you're lucky, but chances are you have, and if you're suffering
from excessive amounts of unwanted spam, emails you have no interest
in or desire to read, then you're not alone. The vast majority
of the email that gets sent every day is spam!
I don't get spam any more. I managed to take control
of my email, claim back my privacy and spare myself the time of
having to sort through the endless barrage of boring and useless
crap that gets sent every single day.
So, how did I rid myself of
spam, and more to the point, how can you stop getting
spammed? Follow these simple steps and you to can take back your
Rule 1. Never trust anyone!
Okay, that sounds
a bit 'X Files', but it's true. If anyone ever asks you for your
email address, assume they will only sell it to the highest bidder,
even when they promise they won't. I know what you're thinking
now, I'm one of those people right? Well yes, I am. I wouldn't
email address because I am ordinary decent human being, however,
how the hell do you know that?
Rule 2. Create an email address just
I have a merseymail.com
email address. This should be the address you use when shopping
online, filling out online forms, signing up for email lists, writing
reviews on Amazon
etc. The reason for this 'junk email address' is so that when it
eventually becomes swamped with too much spam to cope with, you
can simply stop using it, and create a new one.
Rule 3. Keep your actual 'real' email address
close to your chest.
In other words don't tell every Tom Dick and
Harriet what it is. Just tell those you know well, and those who
you know you can trust. And be careful about forwarding on
all those silly jokes you get sent. Again, you have no idea how
many people will end up seeing that email, so if you really must
forward that joke on to everyone you know then use your junk address
to avoid your 'real' address being compromised some way down the
Rule 4. Expect the 'unsubscribe facility'
on junk emails to always fail.
In some cases if you try unsubscribe
from a mailing list you'll simply get more junk email due to the
fact that the 'unsubscribe' facility wasn't actually unsubscribing
you at all. Instead it was simply there to validate that a real
person was reading the email. Once it confirms this your address
becomes considered active, and therefore more valuable, and as a
result you'll probably just be added to more lists!
Rule 5. If you have a website NEVER reveal
your email address on that site.
Internet 'robots' (programs sometimes
referred to as 'spambots') scan website's for email addresses 'harvesting'
them and adding them to lists. So if you have email
your site replace them with a web form instead. You'd also be well
advised to create a special address for your web form too.
And that's it. That's my advice about how to avoid
spam. If you have found this useful then great. It was free advice,
written at some unearthly hour of the morning while I waited for
my bath to fill.
I'm not a web guru, I'm not really a writer either.
I am just some guy living in England who enjoys writing
and sharing stuff with people out there in the big wide world,
people like you! If you like my stuff, if this page was helpful,
or indeed if you
are just feeling like saying hello to an anonymous Brit, then I'd
love to hear from you. Otherwise thanks
for visiting, have a nice life, and who knows, maybe in a mad
of fate we'll bump into one another one day? Stranger things have
happened at sea you know.
Why not take a moment to check out my blog at beforeiforget.co.uk