Frustrated by spam email?
We know there are numerous articles
on how to
minimize spam. Many email service providers have
tools in place to filter spam. There are also standalone tools to fight
spam for your own use, if you have the time and know-how to install and
Yet it seems that none of them, alone or in conjunction, really solve
the problem for you. Otherwise, you
wouldn't be reading this here, right?
Similar to our How To Correctly Protect your Windows
computer from viruses
article, we present here our approach
to stopping spam.
Unlike other articles, we will not post here examples of annoying spam
email content, nor will we explain why spam is bad or why spam is so
prevalent. There are plenty of articles on the web doing just that.
Instead, we will focus on the How to stop spam email effectively.
By "effectively", we mean:
- You minimize the likelihood of receiving spam email in the
- If you do receive spam email, despite implementing tip #1
above, you can identify "the source" of that spam.
- You act upon the information concluded from step #2 above.
crux of our method stems from the unfortunate proliferation of websites
asking for your email address, only to start spamming it, ignoring
the CAN-SPAM law
in the US (and similar laws in other countries). It is very difficult
to know in advance which website will turn out to be a spammer. We
therefore recommend the following principle:
providing your email address to a website, use an email address
specific for that website only.
on the number of websites to which you subscribe, this may initially
seem difficult to implement. Most email account providers allow only
one email address per person. Some, like gmx.com
, allow up to 10 email
addresses per account but that still might not be sufficient. The
your own domain and have as many email addresses as you want.
brevity sake, we will assume that you have already purchased your own
domain. This will let us focus on the actual steps of turning your
domain's email forwarding feature to a powerful anti-spam tool:
- In addition to your domain name, obtain an external email
account (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
your domain's account management, use the "E-mail Forwarding Setup" to
add a new email address per each website to which you subscribe.
Forward it to your external email account:
- Use that new email address to register to the website in
you receive a spammy email message, look at the "To:" field. If you
chose a good userid that corresponds to the name of the website to
which you registered, you will be able to tell immediately who was the
source of the leakage... (please note that the website in question
might not be directly involved in spamming you.
is possible that it has been compromised by hackers, who somehow
managed to get access to its email address list).
you can either replace that email forwarding address with a
different one, updating the spamming website's account as well
-- or simply delete it, giving up on that website altogether.
Please remember to check this article regularly as we continue to
update it to further clarify the instructions, provide examples and
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