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What is spam?

Stupid Pointless Annoying Mail?

Stymieing Practice of Altering Minds?

Scrambled Pieces of Asinine Marketing?

Actually, it stands for nothing. It's just unsolicited e-mail (commercial or otherwise) that comes to your Inbox in droves. How it was named "spam" is debated in countless newsgroups and Web sites on that oracle of misinformation we call the Internet. In other words, no one is really sure

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How can you avoid spam?

If you have an e-mail address, it's just about impossible for you to eliminate spam completely. However, there are steps you can take to reduce that pesky, unsolicited commercial e-mail.

While you can spend lots of your hard-earned cash on spam blockers, spam butchers, spam SWAT teams, spam sharpshooters, and spam spammers, you can also take a few steps yourself to reduce your daily spam rations.

1. Never respond to spam. If you reply, even to request removing your e-mail address from the mailing list, you are confirming that your e-mail address is valid and the spam has been successfully delivered to your inbox, not filtered by a spam filter, that you opened the message, read the contents, and responded to the spammer. Lists of confirmed e-mail addresses are more valuable to spammers than unconfirmed lists, and they are frequently bought and sold by spammers.

2. Do not click on the links in spam messages, including unsubscribe links. These frequently contain a code that identifies the e-mail address of the recipient, and can confirm the spam has been delivered and that you responded.

3. Do not open spam messages wherever possible. Frequently spam messages include "Web beacons" enabling the spammer to determine how many, or which e-mail addresses have received and opened the message. Or use an e-mail client that does not automatically load remote graphic images, such as the most recent versions of Microsoft Outlook

4. Do not respond to e-mail requests to validate or confirm any of your account details. Your bank, credit card company, eBay, Paypal, etc., they already have your account details, so they would not need you to validate them. If you are unsure if a request for personal information from a company is legitimate, contact the company directly or type the Web site URL directly into your browser. Do not click on the links in the e-mail, as they may be fake links to phishing Web sites.

5. Watch out for those checkboxes when you sign up for something on the Web, there is often some innocent-looking text at the end of the form saying something like: "YES, I want to be contacted by select third parties concerning products I might be interested in." Quite often, the checkbox next to that text is already checked and your email address will be given to you don't know who. avoid that... look closely at every form you fill on the Web and make sure all relevant checkboxes are not ticked. Sometimes, the text will read: "NO, don't give away my email address," and the checkbox will consequently be unchecked by default. Check it.

6. Spammers use special programs that extract email addresses from chat rooms, web sites, forums and comment sections of blogs in particular, and Usenet postings. Disguise Your Email Address in Newsgroups, Forums, Blog Comments, Chat to avoid ending on a spammer's mailing list when you post to a web forum or a newsgroup, you can disguise your email address by inserting something obvious into it. Example: If my email address is email.guide@about.com, I can modify it to read email.guide@ABOdelete_thisUT.com, for example. I will not get spam at that email address since all messages to it will bounce, but people who want to send me an email can still do so after they remove "delete_this" from the address. Obscuring your email address does make sending mail a bit more difficult. But this is not always a disadvantage.

Fighting Spam From Your Website:

1. Create a Feedback Form to interact with visitors instead of posting an email address. This keeps your email address invisible.

2. Encrypt the email addresses in your HTML

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