How can I limit the amount of spam email I receive?

To limit the junk or spam email you receive, consider the following:

  • Do not post your email address in public: If you keep your email address a secret known only to you and close contacts, you reduce the likelihood of your email address ever being provided to spammers. Particularly, do not publicly display your email address on social media sites like Facebook or other “public” sites like chat rooms, newsgroups, online discussion forums, eBay or Craigslist.
  • Unsubscribe: If you have consented to receiving emails from certain business or other organizations, ask that business or organization to remove you from its list of recipients for “blast” or mass emailings; this can be done by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of these emails. (Note: be careful about even opening emails from sources you do not recognize, as some can include viruses!)
  • Don’t let companies use your email address: Usually when you buy goods online or sign up for an online service, you will be asked if you consent to being sent advertisements or other materials; just say no, unless there’s a particular reason you’d like to receive daily mailings from that company.
  • Activate your email spam filters: If your email provider has a spam blocking feature / filter available, activate it to reduce the amount of spam you receive.
  • Consider having two email addresses: It may be helpful to keep a “personal” email address that you use purely for correspondence (e.g., sending notes to friends and family) and a “public” one that you use when doing business online or signing up for chat rooms, discussion lists, or other online program.