Our friends have asked us what we think are the top five advice we can give them to avoid being spammed.
Here are our top five tips:
- Do not respond to suspicious spammed emails. Do not click on the unsubscribe link, as the unsubscribe link is often used as a device to confirm the recipient’s address, resulting in even more spammed email.
- When participating in forum and other online discussions, do not leave or display your email address in public view by showing your email address in your message. Even when you write blogs, do not display your email address in your page. A website worth its salt should never be found lacking of software to allow readers to contact their writers and bloggers without displaying the writers email addresses.
- Deal only with websites that you trust. Never submit your credit card details or other personal information to non-secure web sites (there should be a locked padlock icon that appears in yellow, or in a yellow box, on the bottom bar of the order form web browser).
- Do not forward chain email. This special type of friendly email is considered spam. It is unsolicited, intrusive and may clog up email servers and slow down Internet traffic.
- Use spam filtering or spam blocking software.
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