3 Ways to Reduce Spam If You are Already
1. Find out whether your existing ISP or email provider has
spam filtering as an option.
Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo both offer you the option to filter spam. Yahoo's
is just on or off, but even when it's on, all filtered junk mail
goes into a bulk mail folder, so you can easily review it to see
whether anything that is not junk is getting filtered.
Hotmail has three levels of filtering. If you turn on the strictest
level, make sure you "whitelist" all your friends and
any companies from which you want to hear. Otherwise they may be
filtered out by mistake.
Google has a mail program called Gmail that also has an excellent spam filter. AOL has filtered spam for years. Earthlink just announced that
they would be filtering spam.
By default, the filtered mail is not accessible to you at all (to
see whether it might be something you wanted to get); it just never
shows up in your inbox. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes
email you definitely want won't reach you. (The most famous case
was AOL filtering out emailed acceptance letters from Harvard.)
The settings can be changed now.
2. Turn on the built-in junk mail and pornography filters built
into your desktop email software.
If you use Microsoft Outlook, you can turn
it on by going into the Organizer of your Inbox, then clicking the
Junk Mail link on the left and turning on filtering for junk spam mail
and pornography separately.
Most other desktop software permits you to add senders to a "blacklist"
or "blocked senders" list, which will keep someone from
spamming you from the same address twice. Check the email help file
to learn how to turn it on.
3. If you use desktop virus protection, consider buying
the spam-filtering add-on product. Most virus-protection software
providers offer a spam-filtering product.