email spamEmail spam is a threat on your system. Every account can be inflicted. It is a potential virus carrier. It can do harm even without your knowledge. Moreover, spam is not relevant to your work. It can hinder communication with your client.

Email spam is a complete and utter nuisance. It floods your mailbox. Removing them everyday is a hassle. The worst part is—they keep coming back! All hope is not lost. It is possible to defeat them.

Before anything else, you should know what spiders are. No, I’m not talking about the insect. Spiders are also known as web crawlers or bots. These are programs that fetch data from websites. Once they have the data, they make an index out of it. Search engines then use this index. They are called spiders because they crawl on many sites at the same time.

Information is faster to locate because of spiders. Searching becomes more efficient. However, this also causes email spam.

This is how spiders permeate your email:

Normally, you would put in your email address and password. At this stage, you think everything’s safe. The spiders are already crawling by the time you click enter. The search engine has already made an index of your data. Your email is not so safe anymore. In just a few days, expect those email spam.

Spiders still work even if you display your email address as an image. Let’s say you have a business website. If you post your email on the website, be ready for those spams. Even fancy captchas are not immune to good spiders.

To help you with this problem, check out these tips. These would only work if you have a new and unused email address.

  1. Avoid entering your email address in guest books or bulletin boards.

An online guest book is a log in system. This is where you type your address before you make comments on Internet sites. A bulletin board is a server than uses custom software. This custom software connects with a terminal program. This allows uploading, downloading, chatting, email, etc.

These details can be quite confusing. The lesson here is to avoid jotting your email address carelessly.

  1. Complicate your email address to prevent email spam.

If you really need to give out your email, do this this format: characters. Characters [at] xmail [dot] com. This will not totally avoid email spam. It will only lessen the problem.

  1. Make another account specifically for email spam.

If you can’t beat them, make a decoy. This is different from the email that you typically use. This is just for bulletin board log in or site registration. If you want to drop a comment on a particular site, use this instead. Email spam will go to this decoy account.

  1. Have an effective anti-virus.

Use a mal ware, spyware, and adware detection tool. These wares can steal your data. If you are unfortunate enough to be inflicted, you’ll be plagued with email spam.

  1. Remove useless browser toolbars.

They will only crowd your screen and give you spam. These are hiding spots for malwares. They can capture the data you insert on web forms.

  1. Know if it’s a trusted site.

This is plain common sense. Do not blindly trust dubious sites. If the anti-virus notifies you, get out of the site!

The worst thing you could do is to proceed. This is tempting if you’re itching to look at a site. In the end, this will only give you loads of spam.

  1. Filter the email spam before it wreaks havoc.

Check your settings. There is an option to tag email spam senders. This will prevent the sender from further plaguing your inbox.  Also, learn how blacklists work. This will aggressively turn down future spam.

  1. Be careful with images.

Don’t activate html embedded images in your settings. It is risky to upload them. You might send your identification to spammers. Only load images from reputable senders to avoid email spam.

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