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Top 7 tips for reducing spam.
Spam, also known as unsolicited emails is scurge of Internet. Like annoying phone calls from telemarketers trying to sell you something while you are having dinner, spam is irretating, frustrating and takes up a lot of your valuable time.
Spammers use special software called Email Harvesting Robots to scour Internet 24/7, 365 days a year to find and gather email addresses.
These Robots look for '@' symbol which is symbol used in all email addresses. Then they extract your email address, without your knowledge or permission and add it to their email address data base.
If you post your email address on your web site, your e-zine, forums, chat rooms or anywhere on Internet, you are laying yourself wide open to email harvesting robots and spammers.
Some unscrupulous scum send viruses through spam email that can mess up or distroy your computer. Some of viruses that spammers email you hide inside your system files, replicate themselves and mail themselves to everyone in your address book.
Spam is becoming such a huge problem that US Government is passing legislation to regulate unsolicited emails. However US Government has no control over spam that originates in other countries.
Therefore, spam is a scurge that governments might not be able to control.
But we, as individuals can protect ourselves by doing whatever we can to reduce amount of spam we receive. Here are seven tips that will help you reduce spam.
1) NEVER EVER respond or reply to a spam email no matter how tempting, curious or annoying message is. Keep your cool. If you do reply, spammer will know that your email address is an active one. Do not open any attachments. Just delete spam.
2) Never click on 'unsubscribe' link in a spam email. If you do, again spammer will know that your email address is active. He will sell your email address to other spammers. The spam you receive will double or tripple.