How to Avoid Being Bombarded with Annoying Spam

How to Avoid Being Bombarded with Annoying Spam

Are you sick and tired of having to deal with spam? If you are, you are not alone. No one likes having to deal with it since they frequently have attachments or links to malicious sites for phishing or have the objective of introducing malicious codes in our devices or PCs. The good news is that there are ways to prevent spam from getting in your inbox, and if it ever does, there are tools that can help you deal with it.

1. Use a fake email address

There are times when you need to leave your email address somewhere online, and that is where the spam bots are actively searching for email addresses to add to their database. To avoid having your inbox invaded by spam, the best way is to use a fake email address or write it in a way that a spambot can´t associate it with an email address, like fake email at Gmail dot com. (writing it out in words). Only do this if it’s necessary, but whenever you can, avoid giving out your email address online where a bot can easily read it.

2. Use a different username

You probably have a secondary email address just for the purpose of collecting newletters from your favorite sites, but to keep your main Email address safe from spam avoid using a username on forums and sites that is identical to your primary email address. If someone wants to send you spam, it’s as easy as completing the email address with the major email providers. It’s probably either going to be Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook.

3. Never share your email address on social networks

Remember, never share your email address on social networks. If you do you are asking to be bombarded with spam. Various social networks have their own tools for other people to contact you, so you never have to divulge your email address publicly.

4. Setting up a filter

If you are using Gmail, or if your email service comes with a Spam Filter feature, you can set it up to filter spam (most of us have already done this, hopefully), and if for some odd reason spam manages to get into your inbox, erase it immediately and never open it or send it to anyone.

Tell your friends and family about BCC (Blind Carbon Copy since it allows the sender to hide the person in the BCC field from other people) when forwarding an email with many email addresses attached to it.

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If you need to give out your email address, whether you want to try an online app or try using aliases, an excellent tool that will help you with that is 33Mail. This way you can block unwanted mail.

You can also protect your email address behind a test from Scr.im. The tool is very easy to use since you only have to type in your email address. You will be given a short URL that comes with a custom HTML. If the person who wants your email address manages to pass the simple test and proves to be human, they will be rewarded with your email address.

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Telling your friends and family never to sign you up for anything they think you might like is also a must. The intention is good, signing you up to receive a newsletter about the latest laptops that are coming out since they know you have been shopping for one, but that can easily lead to you getting spam.

Spam is and will always be very annoying. We have to do whatever is within our reach to try and avoid it, and these tips will help. How do you avoid getting spam in your inbox? Let us know in the comments.

6 comments

  1. Why would one trust ‘Scrim’ with their private email addresses and who guarantees that this is not an ordinary email harvesting tool? Their email database get’s a HUGE value and one day with this dev or with some fishy buyer this treasure will be monetized. Not very smart to trust strangers.

  2. Hi There,
    Scrim is just one of other online tools that offer to protect our Email address. It´s up to the user to decide whether to trust it or not. So far I have not heard anything bad about this online tool and that´s why I would trust it, but that is just my opinion and my choice. Reading reviews is also great, so that way you know if an online tool is worth trusting.Thanks for commenting. =-)

  3. I’m sorry but GMail sucks at protecting me from spam. While it is good at filtering out spam emails using their filters, it does not stop emails I have designated as spam. Almost on a daily basis I declare emails from certain senders as SPAM. Yet I keep receiving emails from those senders day after day. The only explanation I can come up with is that spammers pay Google to let their crap through.

    Speaking of filters. The option to declare an email as SPAM if the filter criteria are met is not available in GMail as it is in other services. The only option is to Delete it which puts the offending email in Trash where it sits for 30 days. I’ve been suggesting the SPAM option to Google for at least 8 years. In the meantime, Google has made many eye candy changes and additions to GMail. It seems they more interested in eye candy and glitz then they are in functionality.

    • Hi Dragonmouth,
      I know exactly what you mean. There is only so much we can do to try and protect ourselves from spam, but we might never be completely protected from it. If Google is paid for letting spam in (something they are never going t publicly admit) that obviously explains everything, but hopefully functionality will be for important for Gmail someday. At least, it’s worth daydreaming about. =-)

  4. Regarding: There are times when you need to leave your email address somewhere online, …. To avoid having your inbox invaded by spam, the best way is to use a fake email address or write it in a way that a spambot can´t associate it with an email address, like fake email at Gmail dot com. (writing it out in words).

    “when you need to leave your email address” When is that? hmmm…. When you expect a reply. You are assuming the online website can interpret the fake email address to send the reply.

    • Hi GrizzlyBear,
      I mentioned that because I have seen people leave their Email addresses on sites and saying that they are looking for a solution to a problem and if anyone knows the solution, to please Email them. I have never done this myself, I am just mentioning what I have seen. Maybe they want as many possible solutions to a problem they are having and leave their Email addresses in the comments section for a reply in their inbox instead of on the site.=-)

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