If you use the Internet in any manner and are in possession of an email address you have more than likely come across junk email. What is a junk email you may be wondering? A junk email is an email that finds its way to your inbox with promises of making money easily by doing nothing at all or informing you that you need to log in right now to protect the security of a financial account. Another tactic implemented to send out junk email is to include something like reuse your overdue account or something similar to lure in people to open the email.
As those that are junk email spammers need to be able to send out identical emails to thousands, if not millions, of email users they tend to employ several types of collection practices. One is a harvesting email through methods such as running through published email lists from providers such as MSN and Yahoo. Using this method, they can locate as many combinations of a valid email address as possible in order to send them junk email. Other times spammers that are looking to send junk emails just simply guess as to what an email address could be. Some senders of junk mail even go as far as spoofing which is making an email appears to be from a legitimate source such as eBay in order to collect important information from unsuspecting victims.
There are several ways in which an Internet surfer can combat the nuisance that is junk email and keep your inbox spam free.
Should you get an email that appears to be offering something that seems too good to be true, it is more than likely a spam email. Millions upon millions of Internet users receive sent junk emails each and every day with promises of teaching them how to earn thousands of dollars doing little to no work. Other junk emails like this promise their recipient’s things like the home of their dreams for no money down, a new car for just pennies or a $10,000 spending limit on a credit card even if you have very bad credit. Save yourself a lot of time when you see junk emails like these by simply hitting the delete button.
There are several tools that email users can utilize in order to combat junk emails. Many email providers offer these tools for free or sometimes at a minimal cost. The first tool you can use is the report spam button. By reporting junk emails you can help the proper authorities end junk emails sent by a specific user. Email users that report all incoming junk emails are not only going to be helping themselves but the entire online community as well. It is also possible to set your email to filter unwanted junk emails into a folder separate from your other email. This will also, however, result in emails that you do not consider junk being processed into the junk email folder so keep a close watch so you don’t end up deleting something you wanted to keep. There is also a toll provided to email users that will require a response from the sending of all incoming emails. Generally, if no one responds that email is treated as junk email.
These are just a small sample of the ideas you can take advantage of in order to combat junk email. While you might not be able to completely get rid of the problem of spam emails you can certainly take steps in limiting the amount of junk email being sent to you.