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Protecting Your Email Address From Spammers

I know. Spam is one of the most frustrating things in the universe. A few weeks ago I actually got so frustrated that I canceled one of my email addresses which was receiving, on average, 46 pieces of spam every day.

But...how can you prevent this from happening to your email address?

Internet Posting: Never post your email address on any internet website. This is one of the primary sources for spam harvesters. Of course, if you are running a business with a website, you may be required to post your email address. If this is the case, make sure it's an address that you don't use for other purposes within the business, that way it won't effect anything if you have to change it periodically.

Bulk Forwards: You know those cutesy little email 'Forwards' that people like to send to everyone in their address books? Have you ever noticed that the more times it gets forwarded, the longer the list of email addresses at the beginning is? Eventually, if this forward falls into the hands of a spammer, he can harvest enormous numbers of email addresses from it.

So. Don't send bulk forwards. Once you've sent it, your email address is forever attached to that forward, ripe for harvesting.

Also, tell your friends that you don't want to receive bulk forwards from them. And if you really do want to receive them, tell your friends that they must put your email address in the "BCC" line, so it's invisible to all other recipients.

If your friends don't understand why, send them a link to this page.

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