Too Much Spam

Dear Computer Lady,

I get SOOOO much spam!!! And the more I block the more comes in. There must be a way to accept only e-mails from addresses that are in the address book, yes? I use Outlook Express.

It would certainly help, Linda

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Dear Linda,

Most email programs (including Outlook Express) don’t have an option for accepting only messages from people already in your address book, but there are programs available that give you that option. I have used one called Spam Sleuth in the past that works great.

Probably the quickest way to get out of the situation that you find yourself in right now is to change your email address and only give the new address to your friends and family. Then, open a free email account online and use that “disposable” email address when signing up for things online. This usually keeps the amount of spam to a minimum. Here are some other rules to follow…

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What can you do to reduce the amount of spam that you recieve? Here are a few things.

1. Don’t buy anything from spammers. I make it a point to never purchase anything from emails that I didn’t ask for. A few times, they were things that I would have like to purchase, and it seemed like a good deal, but I refuse to encourage spamming, or to contribute to anyone profiting from it.

2. Don’t try to unsubscribe. Many spam emails, have unsubscribe directions in the message, but don’t be fooled, they are only a way to verify that a real person actually did read their message. Often times, clicking on an unsubscribe link, or filling out a form to unsubscribe, makes your email address even more valuable and you end up getting even more junk mail.

3. Use a disposable email address. There are many places online where you can sign up for a free email address. Create a free email address at one of these places, and then use it to sign up for online contests, leave your address on a website, or subscribe to newsletters. When you begin to get too much spam on the free account, just close it and create another free account.

4. Purchase software to filter out the spam. AVG has a spam filter in its Internet Security product, there are online services like Spam Arrest and if you want to get really serious about stopping spam, you can try a program like Spam Sleuth.

Elizabeth

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