Use email filtering software at your
You should run email filtering software at the email gateway to protect your business from spam as well as email-borne spyware, viruses and worms.
Never make a purchase from an
By making a purchase, you are funding future spam. Spammers may add your email address to lists to sell to other spammers, so that you receive even more junk email. Worse still, you could be the victim of a fraud.
If you do not know the sender of an unsolicited email, delete it
Most spam is just a nuisance, but sometimes it can contain malware that damages or compromises the computer when the email is opened.
Don’t use the preview mode in your
Many spammers can track when a message is viewed, even if you don’t click on the email. The preview setting effectively opens the email and lets spammers know that you receive their messages. When you check your email, try to decide whether a message is spam on the basis of the subject line only.
Don’t overexpose your email address
How much online exposure you give your email address is the biggest factor in how much spam you receive. Here are some bad habits that expose your email address to spammers:
Posting your email address in plain text on websites
Posting to mailing lists that are archived online
Submitting your address to online services with questionable privacy practices
Exposing your address publicly on social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
Handing your business card out excessively
Using an easily guessable address based on first name, last name and company
Not keeping your work and personal email separate
Use the bcc field if you email many people at once
The bcc or blind carbon copy field hides the list of recipients from other users. If you put the addresses in the To field, spammers may harvest them and add them to mailing lists.
Never publish your email address on
Don’t publish your email address on websites, newsgroup lists or other online public forums. Spammers use programs that surf the Internet to find addresses in such places.
Only give your main address to people
Give your main email address only to friends
Use one or two secondary email addresses
If you fill out web registration forms or surveys on sites from which you don’t want further information, use a secondary email address.
This protects your main address from spam.
Opt out of further information or offers
When you fill out forms on websites, look for the checkbox that lets you choose whether to accept further information or offers. Check or uncheck the box as appropriate.