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4) Have an 'All Purpose' email address like a Yahoo or a Hotmail email address to post in forums, chat rooms etc. The email you receive to these addresses are web-based. You can read your Yahoo or Hotmail email messages on your Yahoo or Hotmail account on their web site without downloading them into your computer. You can delete all spam right from those web sites.
5) If you have your own web site and have to give out your email address for people to contact you, you can 'cloak' your email address by substituting HTML code for '@' symbol. This way, email harvesting robots will not be able to extract your email address from your web site.
When you cloak your email address, you can include an active email link such as 'Contact me' or 'Email me.' When your contact clicks on active email link, her email program will open with your email address in 'To' box.
6) Never ever buy anything from a spam email. The information you give out to a spammer could be used for illegal purposes. You could probably end up being a victim of identity theft.
7) Black List every spammers email addresses.
To do this, you have to find email address of spammer. Most spammers do not give their email addresses in 'From' box of email or they give a phoney one. To find out his real email address, click 'File' button on your email program. Then, when a window opens, click on 'Properties.' This will open a window with two tabs - General and Detail.
The 'General' tab will show you message source and display email address of sender. But 'Detail' tab will give you more details like IP address and email address of sender.
Once you have email address of spammer, add it to your 'Black List' in your email program. This is somewhat of a tedious process I know. It will innitially take some time to black list email addresses of every spammer. But, believe me, it will surely be worth your trouble on long run.
The above tips, if followed, will greatly reduce spam you receive and save you a lot of annoyance, aggravation, frustration and time.
One more point worth mentioning is saying "To reduce spam, do not be a spammer."
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