If there is one thing that just infuriates anyone about using e-mail, it’s Spam. Many people spend good money on “Spam Filters” that do filter out Spam e-mail but also filter out the e-mails that they want to receive.
The question I get asked by almost everyone I talk to is “How do I stop getting all this Spam?” That is definitely not an easy question to answer, however I do have a method that I have tested and it works. I tested this method over the course of 3 years with a MSN Hotmail Account, though it does not completely stop all Spam from reaching my primary e-mail account, It was able to cut down the Spam I received from between 50 – 80 e-mails a day to 6 – 10 and as a plus it’s completely free
To begin with, one must understand how you go from entering your e-mail address into a form on a web site to receiving sometimes as many as five hundred Spam e-mails a day. Many companies have partnerships with other companies who have partnerships with other companies and so on and so on. Hidden in the fine print whenever you choose to receive e-mail from most companies is a section where you agree to also receive e-mails from their “partners”.
Start off by signing up for a free e-mail account, most major search engines offer free e-mail accounts (Yahoo, Google, MSN, etc.). You will use this e-mail account as the “junk account”. Anytime you are required to enter an e-mail address to say, read an article or download a picture, you use this “junk” e-mail address. That way any Spam e-mail from that website or it’s partners will be sent to the “junk” account.
You can read the e-mail in the “junk” account if you would like, I personally make sure I login to my “junk” account once a month to ensure that the service is not suspended for inactivity and I delete everything that has collected in the account over that time period. This allows me to use my primary e-mail address for those important e-mails that I must receive without having to sort through and delete lots of Spam or potentially miss an important e-mail because a my “Spam Filter” filtered it out. Any Spam that you still receive you should flag as spam in your e-mail client or web site to try to eliminate all of it.