Spam would probably be the most galling source of online communication. Infamous as an abuse of electronic messaging systems, SPAM is the email that you never asked for. Generally, spam is commercial advertising tool used for doubtful products aiming at enticing recipients with get-instant-money schemes, or quasi-legal services. In addition, these emails are extensively cheap for the sender as the expense, at large, is paid by either the recipient or the carriers.
Mainly, there are two types of spam with dissimilar effects on Internet users. One is the cancel able Usenet spam, where a single message is sent to a group of people and second is the Usenet newsgroups, which directly focus on “lurkers” i.e. people who read newsgroups but hardly submit their addresses. There is no trick or technique that promises complete redemption from spam but there are certainly a few ways to control or rather restrict the entry of many spam in your Inbox.
o Never share your email addresses with unreliable sources. Such a situation mainly occurs in case of websites, where your email address is asked for gaining some information. So, for this purpose, make an exclusive email address on hotmail or Gmail, where junk would not bother you much.
o Avoid replying to any mails that you never asked for.
o Mostly, a spam message holds information regarding its removal from the mailing list. Do not follow this information and totally overlook your enticement of responding it because it is basically an alert regarding your active email address.
o Ensure to check the subject line before opening any email.
o Avail software that is designed to fight against all sorts of spam. Moreover, along with an anti-virus installed on your computer, also swear not to open any unknown attachments from unsolicited mail as viruses can be present in pictures or Word documents. A number of emails get shot with the purpose of demanding some funds or assistance. Try to avoid these emails and do not forward them further since they could be merely a scam to gain as many number of email addresses as possible. Also, many emails warning concerning viruses are hoaxes too, so investigate them well.
o While forwarding a mail to a heavy number of people, make use of BCC field as it gives you the option of hiding email addresses.
o Totally avoid mentioning your name in chats, newsletters and mailing lists and maintain another superfluous name for such purposes.
o If your website has the option of providing your email address, then try to encode it to prevent spammer’s web crawlers so that it cannot crack the code. You may also use “Enkoder”, an efficient free of cost encryption program.
o Register a complaint to the ISP of the spammer through an email message to their administrator. Most of the servers mention an email address in the WHOIS part of the IP address. So, dig well in the email’s header and find out source of the IP address, and then begin with the WHOIS hunt.