How To Get Rid Of Junk Mail


Lets start by breaking down the types of emails we receive into a few categories:

1. Personal Email
2. Legitimate Business Email
3. Subscriptions (approved)
4. Unknowingly Approved
5. Spam (never approved)
6. Virus Mail (Sent by infected systems, there's a ton of this.)

If we get rid of the last three everyone is happy right? Not so easy, but there are
a few steps that we can take to cut it down.
Lets start with Number 4.

"Unknowingly approved email"

There are many ways in which this can occur, and many times this is our own fault as
we are not paying good enough attention to what we were doing when we clicked the
"submit" link on any one of numerous forms on the internet. So our first recommendation
here is to "look before you leap", before you enter your email on anything on the
internet, always thoroughly cover the page you are at for any additional information.
Make sure you are getting only what you wish to receive, and that no unwanted offers
or subscriptions are remaining.

Next, there are some semi-hidden features in some free email services that you will
need to look for in order to change the desired setting. Many "settings" come preset
to "accept" and thus you must deselect them so that you are not receiving them. Once
you log into your email dig around and look for anything having to do with "options",
make sure there is nothing below the surface. Even those who are paying a internet
service provider may need to do this.

"Spam"

Is the term used for unsolicited email. Perhaps in time there will be some sort of
government agency that will be dealing with this full-time. In the mean time, what's
the easiest way to get rid of it?

1. Most all emails/newsletters include a unsubscribe link, most of which can be found
at or near the bottom of the email itself. Most of these you only need to click and
follow simple instructions for removal. Now some companies are using "little, itty,
bitty, fine print" for this and you may need to break out a microscope to find it.
Just comb the email thoroughly and you will probably find it. Many are also starting
their emails to you with: "this email is never sent unsolicited", which I have found
9 times out of ten to be untrue.

2. Many email services now include a "block feature", that will allow you to block
email from any email address. Yahoo's email for instance, allows you to block up to
100 email addresses.

"Virus Mail"

Unprotected infected systems are sending emails that now have the ability to input,
(fraudulently), actual email addresses into the "from" section of the email. So first
you need to be careful about who you "accuse" of sending you a virus, just because it
says its from a particular email address does not mean that is the case. What to do:
Again look before you leap. Does the email have a file attachment? If so, do you know
who sent you the attachment......if not, you might first "block" the email address it
was sent from, and then delete the email. Are you expecting such an attachment? What
is the attachment size and what type of attachment is it? Before you open something
that you do not know is safe, scan it, contact your friend to see if they sent you a
email with a file attachment. The biggest key here is for everyone to protect and
update their systems with the latest virus programs and update the definitions on a
weekly basis.

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