How to Reduce Spam Emails

Are you getting bombarded with spam in your inbox?  If so, the FTC recently provided some tips on how to get fewer spam emails.

USE AN EMAIL SPAM FILTER: Check your email account to see if it provides a tool to filter out potential spam or to funnel it into a junk email folder.  Many popular providers (like Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo) have strong filters on by default, but you can actually make them work better.  If you see a spam message in your inbox, mark it as Spam or Junk.  You can usually also block specific email addresses or domains (the part after the @).  Remember that the filter isn’t perfect so occasionally check your Spam or Junk folder to make sure any legit, non-spam email didn’t end up there.

LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE:  You can do this by setting up two email addresses – one for personal messages and one for shopping, newsletters, and coupons, etc.  If you want to see all your emails in one place, you can set up email forwarding to your primary email account.  Then, if the second email account starts getting spam, you can shut off email forwarding without affecting your primary email.  Also, try not to display your primary email address in public, including on social media or in online membership directories – spammers scan websites to harvest email addresses.

 BE CAREFUL ABOUT SHARING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS:  When a website asks for your email address, consider whether you want to share this information.  Different websites handle your privacy differently – some will share or sell your email address while others will only use it for limited reasons.   Check the privacy policy to see how the company may share your contact information, but it may be hard to tell exactly how it is shared.

UNSUBSCRIBE FROM UNWANTED EMAILS: Many popular email providers have features that help you unsubscribe from email lists.  They may show up as a banner or button when you open the email.  Many emails will have the unsubscribe option shown at the very bottom of the email.

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