Today’s post is by guest contributor Andromeda Edison who shares how we can protect ourselves against e-mail spam and get rid of unwanted e-mails. Andromeda is the Chief Marketing Officer for Internet Defense Technologies, an email spam filtering and website hosting company. She has been working in the Internet Marketing arena since 1996 and watched many trends come and go for promoting via the Internet. She is also a mother of a three year old daughter who started playing on a laptop before she could walk.
Are you getting lots of email spam in your inbox? How do you stop it? Or is your kid subscribing to newsletters that seem to be getting you on all other sort of lists of spam? If so, I have some tips for you.
It seems there is a large percentage of people who think they can just click the unsubscribe links to make them go away but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.
Getting Rid of Emails You Once Subscribed To
If at some point you signed up for an email that you no longer want, it is perfectly safe to unsubscribe to this. At the top or bottom of the email will be a link for you to click on, go ahead and do this and you will be all good.
Getting Rid of the Junk You Didn’t Subscribe To
Are you getting emails that are totally random, have no connection to anything you subscribed to or bought, and leave you wondering How Did the Spammer Get My Address? Unfortunately these are the ones you shouldn’t try to unsubscribe to.
For the most part someone got your email address by purchasing it from someone else or in some cases even guessed. If they guessed it, when you respond to unsubscribe, they now know they have a good email address they can sell to others. For the most part any response (even to unsubscribe) will just get you on more email spam lists.
Getting Rid of Newsletters You Didn’t Subscribe To
In some cases you might get something that looks like a newsletter which looks pretty legitimate. If it says something like “You are getting this email because…” somewhere towards the top of the message then it is pretty safe to try and unsubscribe. You probably “accidentally” subscribed to it when you purchased something. Go ahead and click the link to unsubscribe like you do to get off email lists you’ve subscribed to.
Protecting Yourself Against Spam
Protecting yourself against unwanted spam by getting your kids their own e-mail account that you check yourself. By doing this, your children can enter a valid e-mail address when online but you will have the control over the account to see what mail comes in. If there are messages that they need to read, the easiest thing would be to print them out so they can read them. If you want to save paper, create a folder where you can download and save the message for them to read it.
To summarize, rules are only followed by people who were already following the rules. The more criminal types aren’t going to follow the rules no matter what they are when it comes to spam. To protect yourself, it is best to get a good spam filter to help prevent spam from getting through to your inbox.
Andromeda Edison is the Chief Marketing Officer for Internet Defense Technologies, an email spam filtering and website hosting company. She also blogs for Internet Defense Technologies where you can find more helpful tips on protecting yourself against unwanted spam. Click here for Andromeda’s blog.
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