Building Your Personal Anti-Spam Strategy

    Date06 Nov 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    What used to be a minor annoyance has become the scourge of the Internet, ruining your email experience. Everyone gets spam, of course, but you've been depending on business email for years, so you get a lot of spam. When your Aunt Gussy starts complaining about the junk she gets on her AOL account--"positively dozens!"--you just roll your eyes. Try hundreds. Try thousands. Day in and day out. What can you do about it? Maybe you accept spam as an inevitable annoyance. Maybe you've grown used to hovering over the delete key while reading email. Maybe you've given up.. . . What used to be a minor annoyance has become the scourge of the Internet, ruining your email experience. Everyone gets spam, of course, but you've been depending on business email for years, so you get a lot of spam. When your Aunt Gussy starts complaining about the junk she gets on her AOL account--"positively dozens!"--you just roll your eyes. Try hundreds. Try thousands. Day in and day out. What can you do about it? Maybe you accept spam as an inevitable annoyance. Maybe you've grown used to hovering over the delete key while reading email. Maybe you've given up.

    Don't.

    Spam may seem like a big problem, and it is, but you can do something about it. In fact, you've got to. You don't have a choice. If you're one of those people who receive 50 or 100 or more spams every day, you've simply got to find a way to manage it. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the time you spend dealing with spam. In this article, we'll look at some of the ways you can reduce or limit the amount of spam you receive by becoming invisible to spammers. In the next article, we'll discuss some ways you can automatically identify and remove spam you are already receiving. Put them together and you can build a personal anti-spam strategy that works for the kind of mail and the kind of spam you receive.

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