Wham, bam, no thank you Spam

Fight back

Most ISPs have a special e-mail address for reporting spam. Be sure to forward the junk mail's entire header. To display it in Eudora, hit the Blah Blah button. In Netscape Messenger, select View-Headers-All. In Outlook Express, open the message, select File-Properties and click Details. You'll need to cut and paste the header into the message you forward. On America Online, send messages to tosspam@aol.com. Or mail your spam to the Spam Recycling Center (spamrecycle@ChooseYourMail.com), which will forward the message to software companies to help them improve their filtering tools.

Just say no

Review the privacy policy of any Web site before offering your e-mail address (or any personal information) and be sure to "opt out" if you don't want to receive marketing e-mail. If no privacy policy is posted, take your business elsewhere.

Open a spam account

Foil spammers by using a free Web-based e-mail address (like Yahoo or HotMail) or a different AOL screen name for public postings and Web site registration, saving your private address for friends and associates. When the spam account fills up, simply dump the trash.

Alter your newsgroup address

If you must use your regular e-mail address when posting to newsgroups, insert no-spam in the From: or Reply-to: fields - for example, no-spam-jane_smith@bigisp.com. Any junk mail sent to that address will be returned to the sender and those who wish to reply to your message can simply delete 'no-spam' from the address.

Be anonymous

Set your browser so it doesn't provide your e-mail address as the password when you download files from anonymous FTP connections. In Netscape Messenger 4.5, go to Edit-Preferences and click Advanced. Delete the check mark next to Send e-mail as anonymous FTP password. Click OK. In Internet Explorer 5, head to Tools-Internet Options and click the Security tab. Highlight the Internet icon under the content zone box and then click the Custom Level button. In the Security settings box, scroll down to User Authentication/Logon and click Anonymous logon.

Filter your mail

Most ISPs offer spam-filtering options, but some filters nuke legitimate e-mail as well - messages from mailing lists, for example. On the other hand, most e-mail programs provide filters that will send junk mail either directly to the trash or to a review folder, where you can sort through it later (and avoid deleting legitimate mail by mistake). Eudora Pro offers the best set of filtering tools. But if you don't have it, arm yourself with the newest version of Outlook Express, Netscape Messenger, or Eudora Light, which let you set rules to sift out any e-mail that isn't addressed specifically to you. (For more information about software filters, see the "Can the Spam" file.)Don't respondMany consumers unwittingly confirm their e-mail address by responding to the "remove" option included in junk e-mail. Although some marketers do honour such requests, you're more likely to wind up on a spammer's CD of live accounts and generate even more mail.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Roberta Furger

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?