In the ongoing war against the evil spam regime, there are more foes than friends, so here are a few ways to cope and to help prepare you to fight it. Anti-Spam software is the most common defense that households and businesses alike use to protect their inboxes. When choosing a Spam-filtering program you must consider its ease of use, stability, and efficiency. Most important though is the program’s flexibility to allow you to customize what exactly come in your inbox and what doesn’t.
According to the 2007 National Consumer Report, the top ten Spam filters in the America are:
SpamEater Pro, CA Anti-Spam, ChoiceMail One, Spam Killer, Spam Buster, SpamNet, Spam Agent, iHateSpam, MailWasher Pro, and SpamCatcher.
Each program functions differently but contains the same functional elements. G-Mail for instance uses a simple system accumulates a folder of e-mails you consider Spam, whereas major companies use “smart” filters that constantly adapt to the changing tactics of Spammers to insure that nothing gets by. All of these programs cost between twenty and forty dollars. Even without a Spam filter you can easily avoid a lot of trouble by these simple procedures:
♦Resist the temptation to unsubscribe. Sometimes clicking a link in the e-mail that promises to unsubscribe you lets the spammer know that your e-mail address is valid, which means you might be spammed even more.
♦Never, ever open an attachment from a suspicious e-mail. It may contain a virus that could wipe out everything on your PC. To further the damage, it could duplicate the virus and send it to everyone in your e-mail address book, potentially destroying his or her machines as well.
♦Don’t forward unknown email. Sometimes spam will have a fake “To” or “From” address. Since it appears that the e-mail was mistakenly sent to you, the spammer hopes you’ll read it and helpfully forward it along.
♦Use a “subscription” e-mail to sign up for things.
Use a second e-mail address to sign for memberships and online-registrations. That way, your normal e-mail address will still be private. Sites like Yahoo, G-Mail, and MSN allow you to create e-mail addresses for free.
By being a smart Internet user and with the assistance of proper programs you can surf the web with a little more peace.