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How To Reduce Junk eMail
The nuisances of junk mail in your e-mail can become a really big pain in the neck. Most spam is caught by spam filters but there is plenty more that can build up causing your e-mail to quickly build up and become unmanageable.
Changing you e-mail is the fastest way to deal with combating an e-mail account overrun with junk mail. But, this is not very practical. Even if you notify everyone who has your e-mail what your new one is, they may not make the change in their address list and may lose contact with you when you stop using and close the old account.
Even harder though would be to change your contact e-mail with the numerous companies and websites that you have accounts with. So now, how to avoid ever having to go this route?
Step 1: UnSubscribe!
Much of the junk mail that comes into our inbox isn't spam. The spam has already been taken care of. It's the numerous e-mails that come in as a result of sign-ups and registrations at other websites. Coupon offers, sales, etc.
Alot of the junk mail is stuff that you may have actually unknowingly opt-in for.
At the bottom of these e-mails there should be a link to unsubscribe. This actually works and is not just a ploy to see if your e-mail account is active. When you unsubscribe you will stop recieving the e-mails.
Step 2: Mark As Spam
For anything that comes through that does not give the option to unsubscribe, mark as spam.
Most e-mail programs have very effiecient and effective spam filters. But there is still some things that are going to get through. Use your Mark As Spam button to filter anything that comes through that is not automatically picked up by the Spam Filter on it's own.
Step 3: Get Your E-mail Off The List
Go over to https://www.dmachoice.org or directly to the e-mail opt-out at http://www.ims-dm.com/cgi/optoutemps.php and sign up to opt-out of junk e-mail. This is a free service run by the Direct Marketing Association which represents 80% of the junk mail that is sent out through the mail.
While there, you can also opt-out of junk mail in your mailbox and also get your name off the list for credit card solicitations.
Step 4: Set Up Junk E-mail Account
Set up an extra e-mail account to keep your personal e-mail clean so you never miss an important e-mail from family or friends. Setting up a seperate e-mail for this purpose can ease the headache.
There are many websites that request our e-mail for registrations. Many of them are legit and keep your e-mail private, for those you don't trust, this is where an extra e-mail account comes in handy.