Living with the internet: Keeping it safe
Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

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8 How to protect yourself against spam

People and organisations can only send spam if they have a collection of email addresses to send to. They 'harvest' these addresses:

  • from legitimate company databases;

  • from web pages;

  • from chat rooms;

  • by guesswork;

  • from people who use an unsubscribe option.

To minimise the spam you receive:

  • Check whether you can set rules on your email software to filter unwanted messages as they arrive.

  • Check whether your ISP provides a mail filter. If not, change to one that does.

  • Don't reveal your email address unless you want to receive mail from that source.

  • Don't publish your email address on a web page.

  • Don't use your personal email address when registering on websites, joining chat rooms or using newsgroups. Either create a new address (most ISPs give you more than one address) for these purposes or create a false one (e.g.

  • Don't use the unsubscribe option in response to unrequested mail.

  • Educate the other users of your computer.


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