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Tired of spam and the avalanche of unwanted e-mails?Eliminating all unwanted spam can be nearly impossible, but there are a few things you can do. The first step is to understand how others get your e-mail address in the first place. We hate to say it, but the problem often begins with you. Many legitimate sites that youve given your e-mail address to make their e-mail lists available to other companies. From there, your address could go anywhere.More often though, the fault lies with an e-mail worm that crawls through Web sites, message boards and other sources, picking up e-mail addresses along the way from unsuspecting users. There are several steps you can take to cut down on spam. First, become an active user of the e-mail filtering features offered by your e-mail provider. Take the time to understand the features and actively use them to reduce unwanted spam. For additional protection, set up a second e-mail account.We recommend maintaining one private e-mail account that you give only to trusted family, friends and business associates. Then, establish a second address with a free service (such as Hotmail or Yahoo!) that you use whenever asked to give your e-mail address online. Remember, when you do submit your e-mail address online, take care to uncheck the box that asks if you want to receive e-mail. Another nifty trick is to use disposable e-mail addresses, also knows as DEAs. These are best for situations when you dont intend to have ongoing correspondence with the receiver. There are generally three types of disposable e-mail address services: no registration required, registration required, and pay for use. Conduct a search of disposable e-mail addresses to find one that works best for your needs.Depending upon the service, the account expires within a set amount of time, or you have the option of canceling the address at any time. Also, as Wikipedia explains, when you create a disposable address, youll link it to a real e-mail address so that the e-mails are forwarded to you. Most services will also indicate in the subject line that the e-mails are forwarded so that you can easily identify the offending e-mails in your in box. Herein lies the beauty of this trick. If youre wary of a Web site, sign up using a disposable address, then sit back and watch for spam. If you receive nothing, you can return to the original site and enter your true e-mail address, or simply let the temporary address expire if its been misused.Finally, if you maintain your own Web site, be sure to disguise your e-mail address. You can use special HTML characters instead of a traditional e-mail address. Spiders that look for the @ sign will not recognize the string of characters as an e-mail address. In the code, replace the @ with &#64. Most browsers will convert the HTML code back into the @ sign so your visitors wont be confused.Unfortunately, many spiders are smarter than this, so you may instead want to consider hiding your e-mail addresses with JavaScript. If you dont maintain your site yourself and dont know how to implement these measures, ask your Webmaster for help, or e-mail us at Clickandhack@friscocomputerstore.com.


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