I just wanted to share some tips and techniques that can restrict the availability of your e-mail address from harvesters and spammers. These are things that you, the end user can do.
1. Just use some discretion! Limit who you share your email with, and you will have less spam. Please don’t forward email messages to people you don’t know without removing the emails off the list! This practice helps reduce the likelihood of computers with email address harvesting malware distributing your email!
2. Another way to avoid email harvesting is to post anonymously, or use a fake name or email. This is called “Address Munging.” Just make sure you’re not using someone’s real email, or they will get the spam!
3. Avoid responding to Spam in the first place! All a spammer needs is a confirmation that an email address is valid. Avoid this temptation to reply with “Don’t Spam me” comments!
4. The use of HTML, URLs and images in the Web Browser can expose the user to offensive images. This kind of Spamming can contain something called web bugs. These web bugs reveal that an email address is valid. Email users who do NOT download and display HTML, attachments and images have less of a risk. It’s just safer not to do it.
5. Sometimes an email user is required to enter their email at a site, without knowing if the owner of the site will use it for spam. One way to keep safe is to use a disposable email address that links to your real email. Disposable address forwarding is provided by many services now a days, and an excellent way to prevent spam.
If you follow these five tips, you will have less spam in your inbox. Hope this helps you!
If someone you don't know sends you an email, it is natural to want to know who the person is, even if the email is not spam or unfriendly. Knowing a sender's identity can tell you whether or not you want to reply to the email. Some emails contain the name of the person who sent it, and even if it doesn't, some email programs will tell you the name the email account is registered under and include the information in the same line as the email address. If this information is not available, sometimes you can learn more by looking at the email address itself.
While an email address like firstname.lastname@example.org may not give you a name, the domain name (the word between the @ and the .com part) can give you a clue. Major email providers like yahoo and lycos won't tell you much, but the domain is something unusual like 'rockhounds.com' or 'businessname.com', you can perform a simple Google search for the domain name. This can narrow down the possibilities quite a bit. If someone you don't know is sending you email from a business email address, you can contact the company for more information. It could be that the person had a legitimate reason for contacting you but is unaware of proper email etiquette.
Spam email, on the other hand, can be nearly impossible to trace for the average citizen. Most people choose to simply delete these emails or mark them as spam so that they don't have to deal with them anymore. On the other hand, mysterious or harassing emails warrant more attention and can be quite a headache to track down.
It can be difficult if not impossible to find the owner of an email address if the person has used a false name to register the email account. If someone has chosen to use a bogus name and address to register for an email account with a major provider, you have little power to find the information as a private citizen. In these cases, where someone is harassing you and you need it to stop, it is advisable to enlist the help of a reputable company to find out who is doing the emailing.
There are a few companies on the internet that will allow you to do a reverse email search to find out who the account is registered to. These companies generally charge a small fee per search, or you can register for a membership and conduct as many reverse email searches as you like. However, if you are able to find out the true identity of a harassing emailer, it may not be a good idea to try to handle the problem yourself.
If you can find out who owns an email address through one of these services, you next step should be to report the person to the proper authorities. Be sure to save any harassing emails to use as evidence. Companies that conduct these searches can sometimes help you with the legal process required to put a legal stop to unwanted internet behavior.
I hate it when my personal inbox gets flooded with hoardes of nasty titles from sites with titles that should be rated X. I can't believe all of the email spam that I get now on a constant basis.
It's bad enough when you go through the grocery line and you have to cover your 7 year old son's eyes because of all of the half naked models on the front cover of just about everything. Now, I've got to make sure that my son isn't reading my email titles when I have my inbox open. How lame is that? I can't believe that I'm doing so much personal business through my emails including transactions, agreements, etc... and the list goes on and on.
Now, I have some stranger in the depths of who knows wehre sending me blasterous emails into my private email box. I don't mind a couple here or there, that's okay and I can put up with that.
But when it's every single freekin day and I just expect it to happen? My very first thing that I do when I log into my account is go through and delete all of my emails. I wonder just how much in a life time that a guy has to spend deleting spam out of his inbox?
So with all of this frustration you'd think a guy like me would do something about it right?
YES! YES! OH, HECK YEAH...
I found a way to battle this in a very appropiate way with a reverse lookup email tool. I was amazed when I found how simple it was to do. And now I can follow through with reporting people who've spammed my inbox so many times.
I can fire back and it's worth it everytime to stop these people in their nasty tracks!