Spam is probably the most annoying part of working with the internet.
It can be difficult to stop all spam. It is actually much easier to
keep from getting on a spam list in the first place. Here is a list of things you can do to help prevent receiving
- Do not use a catchall email account on your domain(s).
Only list aliases and POP accounts that you actually use.
This stops the frequent spams that fire off emails to a list
of names on a domain.
- Hide your email addresses on your website from spammers, i.e.
addresses, or, switch to web forms for initial contact,
rather than displaying an email address. Information
on how to do this in shown here.
- Never, ever, click on any links in any spam - especially
not to "unsubscribe". All this does is confirm to
the spammer that they have a "live" address.
- Never give your real e-mail address when purchasing or
signing up for a service. It's best to use a
forwarding address that can later be deleted. You can add
forwarders in your control panel under E-mail.
- Never forward chain e-mail and ask your friends not to
send them to you. Thousands of these pass around the
internet each day. Usually they appeal to you to pass along
a message for some cause. In most cases the cause doesn't
exist. What does happen is you address is spread to
thousands of people you don't know. Spyware on their
computer will put you on a spam list.
- Configure your client to read any incoming emails in
plain-text, never html. Html spam emails contain links to
graphics and scripts on spammers sites, confirming your