Posted by Janelle at Aug 18, 2008 6:00 am
No, I’m not talking about the musical, or even the pre-cooked luncheon meat that is packed into a tin can. I’m talking about email SPAM, and the hundreds (Yes, hundreds!) of unsolicited emails I get on a daily basis. In fact, the majority of the emails I do get, are SPAM. At least they do go into a “junk mail” folder, but even then I have to weed through them just to make sure that there aren’t any good emails that might have gotten tossed into the SPAM folder by mistake — which does happen (and who knows why, when I’ve approved the person sending the email!).
With a little research, I’ve learned a bit about SPAM, and some of the facts are astounding (and annoying). Did you know that over 100 billion SPAM messages are sent out each day? 8O There have been laws against spam that have been sporadically implemented, but none that cut it out completely. There are also filters and programs and such to keep most of the SPAM at bay, but some junk e-mails can slip past those, too, so nothing is fool-proof. I discovered that email addresses used for SPAM are collected from chatrooms, websites, newsgroups, and viruses which harvest users’ address books, and are sold to other spammers. :yikes: Scary stuff! You also have to be careful when you sign up for newsletters you do want, because if you don’t “opt-out” in regards to them using your email address for other things, you could end up on a spammer list.
Does anyone really look at or read the SPAM they receive? Does anyone actually BUY things that are solicited via SPAM? I know I don’t. I never have. If I don’t recognize the email address or the subject of the email, I automatically delete it. I don’t waste my time on anything that looks like SPAM.
I’ve had the same email address for about ten years now, and with the move to Oregon, we’ve opted to go with the Verizon Fios package, which bundles your cable, telephone, cellphone, and email all in to one. So, I now have a new email address, and within the month the old one will be gone. The good thing about that is all the SPAM that was sent to that old email address will bounce back to the sender. And hopefully I’ll have a lot less SPAM in my junk e-mail folder. But how do I keep it that way? Now is the perfect time for me to eliminate SPAM, and not collect any new SPAM with the new email address. So, with that in mind, I’d like to ask you all a few questions:
What is the best way that you’ve found to eliminate SPAM? Is there any certain program you use that works well? Any suggestions to keep my junk e-mail folder SPAM free?
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