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Top Tips for Avoiding Junk Email

Top Tips for Avoiding Junk Email

20th August 2007

2-minutes read

Do you find your Inbox is increasingly clogged up with junk email? Here are some top tips for minimising the impact of spam...

Do you find your Inbox is increasingly clogged up with junk email?

According to a recent report*, a staggering 80% of incoming email is unsolicited! And if the upsurge in "spam" email continues, the situation is going to get worse.

Here are some top tips for minimising the impact of spam:

Do invest in a Spam Filter

A Spam Filter will reduce the amount of junk email clogging up your Inbox by quarantining any incoming message identified as spam. For anyone inundated with junk email, a Spam Filter is a must! Advanced Spam Filters also allow you to maintain a "white list" - email addresses that you trust - and a "black list" - email addresses you want to block, which helps you to refine the accuracy of the filtering.

Do use "rules" in Outlook

Outlook will also remove junk messages for you - use Outlook’s "rules" to set up housekeeping tasks that run automatically when new emails arrive in your Inbox.

Do bounce emails sent to an unrecognised address

Avoid using a "catch all" email address that accepts emails sent to anything@youraddress.co.uk. Ensure messages sent to unrecognised addresses are returned to the sender as undelivered mail.

Don’t publish your email address

Publishing your email address on your website is a sure-fire way of attracting unwanted emails. Use an online contact form instead, which makes it easy for customers to contact you and doesn’t divulge your email address in the public domain.

Don’t read or respond to junk email

Never reply to spam. Emailing the sender of the message with a request, polite or otherwise, that no more emails should be sent your way will not have the desired effect. Instead, you are confirming the validity of your own email address to the spammer, which will result in even more junk email!

Don’t open junk email

Some spam messages contain code that notifies the sender that your email address is legitimate. Opening the message triggers this notification. Similarly, avoid using Outlook’s Preview Pane, as this effectively opens the message and will also trigger the notification.

* www.maawg.org/news/maawg060308

Jeremy Flight

Jeremy Flight

Technical Director

Jeremy Flight

About the author

This article was written in August 2007 by Jeremy Flight, Technical Director at Rubiqa.

He has worked in the web design industry since 1999 and has helped many private businesses and public sector organisations with complex website projects. As the technical lead at Rubiqa, he is the primary contributor to our software products and is involved with projects relating to website design, eCommerce, database systems and mobile apps.

Away from work, Jeremy is a qualified cricket coach and works with junior players at his local club. He is also interested in property investment, golf, photography, playing the piano and holidaying in France.

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