Hate email spam? Reduce it!
Never Reply to an Unsolicited Email
Before going any further, the first thing you need to know is that it is never a good move to reply to any unsolicited emails. Even if you are only attempting to ream them out over flooding your inbox, they can use that reply as an invitation to keep sending more. If an email has an ‘Unsubscribe’ feature, you can sometimes follow those links, but often they are viruses too, so be careful what you click!
Don’t Give Personal Information to Anyone
What many of these spammy emails are looking for is your personal information. The sender will try everything in their power to get such things as your legal name, mailing address, bank account number and even your PayPal login info! Beware of any email asking for anything. As a matter of fact, even though Apple is so very proud of their security second to none, there is a spam circulating at the moment which many Mac users are falling for. If you get an email supposedly from Apple asking for any information whatsoever, you can probably be certain it is the new iforgot.apple spam making the rounds.
Never Use Your Primary Email for Certain Sites and Accounts
One of the biggest dangers is posting your primary email on social media sites and when signing up for trials or new online news feeds. You would be surprised at just how quickly your inbox will fill up with unwanted emails because those sites are almost always going to have partners they share lists with and those will do the same. Before you know it, you could be getting 100+ unwanted emails a day and that is totally unacceptable. If there are sites you’d like to join, set up a second free email account and use that address solely for this purpose. Only use your primary account for personal or business matters.
Never Click on Any Links within an Email
In the same way as not replying to any unsolicited emails, you should also never follow any links within the body. There is no way of telling whether or not that is a virus and that is what you want to avoid at all costs. If you don’t know the sender, don’t click a link. Even downloading images sent from friends can have viral code attached to them, so beware of clicking and downloading.
While most of the email you get is probably simple marketing, you can never be too sure. In fact, there are those who will never buy from a company that sends unsolicited emails because they are tired of being bombarded with ads. Yes, email marketing is a successful technique when white hat methods are observed, but you will sadly find that most unsolicited emails are black hat efforts to gain control of your inbox and computer. Even opening an email can send a worm through your system, so beware and trust no one who isn’t familiar. When in doubt – DON’T!