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Spam is hell!

By Jakob Jelling
http://www.sitetube.com

While the internet is one of the boons of modern technology, it has its aggravating aspects too. The top of this list must feature spam, along with pop-up ads and spyware. Spam is unsolicited commercial email (or UCE). It is the online version of the more conventional postal junk mail and telemarketing phone calls. These kind of unsolicited and bulk emails are a major waste of the resources of the World Wide Web, apart from being extremely exasperating and wastage of your inbox storage limits.

However, don’t lose hope so easily. Although it may seem impossible to get rid of spam (which it is), you can definitely stop it from ruining your email inbox!
Most email providers offer email filters as part of their services these days. This is the best tool to banish spam from your inbox. If you are consistently getting spam from a particular email address, you can set up these filters to either send this email to a separate folder or automatically delete it. Some email clients also offer the facility of ‘message rules’. You can customize this to stop receiving emails with a specific word or phrase in their subject line, for example, XXX or copier ink.

There are also some commercial spam filters available on the World Wide Web. Their methodology of operation is the same as anti-virus software. They will scan all of your incoming email and automatically delete any email, if they deem it undesirable, before reaching your inbox. With the menace of spam on the rise, many email service providers make available a range of tools to fight spam to their clients. For instance, you should consider sorting your incoming mails into folders like family, business etc. any unsorted and unexpected email will automatically get routed to the ‘junk mail’ folder. This way, your regular email is not interfered with and you can go through the junk mail folder at you leisure.

Also, you should update your filter settings on a regular basis. Never open any unsolicited email with an attachment. Attachments are the regular way of spreading email viruses. You might tempt to shoot off a complaint letter to a spammer sometime. You should work towards strongly curbing any such impulse. This will only confirm that yours is an active email account and you will become the recipient of even more spam. Also, while shopping on the internet, make sure to go through the privacy agreement offered by the retailer. It should state that they agree to keeping all the personal details of your identity secret and that they will not sell these details to any third party.

About the author
Jakob Jelling is the founder of http://www.sitetube.com. Visit his website for the latest on planning, building, promoting and maintaining websites.

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