7 tips to avoid getting spam

I know you have a spam folder for that. But I still believe prevention is better than cure. Instead of having my spam folder with 1,560 unread emails, I would rather do what it takes to block them all together. I don’t know about you but I just hate spammers-even if they are advertising a legit service. The impression i get from spam emails is that they have nothing legit to offer so i don't even bother to read the emails. Here are some tips that will help you stop getting spam mails

1. Use an email form

One of the most common mistakes that people do is displaying their email addresses on their website. Anybody can see it and anybody can use it- including the spammers. I learnt this the hard way. When I put my website online a couple of months ago, the first email I got was from someone on another continent trying to sell me something that I wouldn’t buy if I was half asleep. Before I could figure out how he got my contacts, I got another email from yet another continent again trying to market something that wouldn't just work for me back here. Then I went to my contact us page, deleted my email and replaced it with a contact us form. From that time, the only emails I receive are genuine inquiries from interested customers or job seekers. So before you go to tip number two, call your web designer and ask him to hide your address or by the time you vote this hub up, you will have received some more spam.

2. Disposable emails

When you are signing up for things on the internet like forums and other things on websites that you don’t really trust, you should use a disposable email. A disposable email usually gets the emails and redirects them to your real email address. There are many good disposable email services that you can use. A simple Google search will give you a variety to choose from

3. Disguise you address

Spambots look out for emails on forums, social sites and even on your website. All they do is look for a pattern that is common in all email addresses. In all cases, the @ is a requirement for an email so that is what they will look for. So if you must display your email, you can replace the @ with something else. For instance, you could use tom (at) tomscompany (dot) com instead of tom@tomscompany.com

4. Don’t unsubscribe!

Every email marketer knows it is good to provide your clients with the option to unsubscribe to your newsletter. Unfortunately, spammers know this too. If you check your spam folder, most of them have the unsubscribe link. The only problem is, the link doesn’t actually unsubscribe but it will only redirect you to their website and you could end up clicking on buy before you can say “unsubscribe.” But we have some spammers that are more subtle and they will allow the link to work. Only problem is if you unsubscribe, they get a notification that you did. That tells them that your email is active and motivates them to spam, even more.

5. Before you sign up…

Most of the programs you subscribe to, usually have checkbox options just above the submit button for you to say if you want to be “spammed.” Ofcourse they won’t call it spam. They will say something like, “YES, please send me weekly updates of latest deals” or something like that. They then conveniently set the default value of the checkbox to be checked. Click on the submit without unchecking and you are so spammed a few minutes later. Don't get me wrong, there are some good newsletters that you should subscribe to. My point is, don't click on submit before you know what you are signing up for.

6. Remember to Sign Out!

If you are on a shared computer, make sure you sign out out of your sessions before you leave. Closing the browser is not equal to signing out. If you don't sign out, once the next user seats on the computer you were using, he/she can see your email, your social network profile and the forums you were looking at. Using your account, he can get access to all your contacts and he/she will have a good list of emails to spam

7. Delete the account
This should be a last resort. If you notice your account has been spammed to much and the more you delete your spam the more you get fresh spam, i would suggest you delete the account altogether. ofcourse you will need to export your contacts to a new account first or you could loose some very useful correspondence. It would also be nice to write an email to all your contacts telling them to update their address book with your new address. I know its a hard thing to do but look at it positively, you will finally be free of the spam emails.

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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Wow Ronhi, this hub is has excellent information regarding spam I never knew some of this infomration I thought I knew about how to block spam but this hub gives out information we need to know especially the (@) and the (at) and the unsubscribe I wonder how these people managed to continue bugging me with all their spam mail, thanks so much for the information very well needed, I gave it and Awesome, Interesting, Useful, Beautiful and Thumbs up because it truly is thanks again, have a good one..


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ronhi 5 years ago from Kenya Author

Lyns, thanks for your wonderful feedback. I appreciate your comment. And am grateful the hub was useful.


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Very thanks again, I have been using your tips in searching and guess what lol, I have not been to sleep yet other than the 3 hours I had, anyway have a good one, what can I say I guess I am addicted, lol


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

@Ronhi this hub was so useful I had to visit it again to read about the spam clearing I have so much of it, lol, thanks for sharing again..


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ronhi 5 years ago from Kenya Author

Thanks lyns. You are welcome. Am glad it was so useful. Now where r you supposed to vote feedback, coz i would vote your feedback awesome, beautiful, funny, useful and interesting. Have a good one


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Hun I voted all the goodies are Awesome, Beautiful, Not funny, Interesting & Up


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Am I still sleepy to get what your saying I read it again and I think I get it, LOL


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I also echo the words of Lyns and say that this hub was extremely useful and informative. Well done.


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ronhi 5 years ago from Kenya Author

ubanichijioke, thanks for reading and leaving your feedback. I really appreciate it. @ Lyns, thanks again and again


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Ronhi as always your are welcome

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