Spam is the electronic equivalent of junk mail. The term refers to unsolicited, bulk – and often unwanted – e-mail. Here are ways to reduce spam:
- Enable filters on your e-mail programs: Most Internet service providers (ISPs) and e-mail providers offer spam filters; however, depending on the level you set, you may end up blocking e-mails you want. It’s a good idea to occasionally check your junk folder to ensure the filters are working properly.
- Report spam: Most e-mail clients offer ways to mark an e-mail as spam or report instances of spam. Reporting spam will also help to prevent the messages from being directly delivered to your inbox.
- Own your online presence: Consider hiding your e-mail address from online profiles and social networking sites or only allowing certain people to view your personal information.
(Author: National Cyber Security Alliance, published under Public License)
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