Junk email has become a nuisance for many people who use the internet. If you have an email account, it is not unusual to receive junk email messages and spam. These emails cause many people to spend time deleting dozens or even hundreds of junk email on a daily basis. The time spent removing junk email could be used for other more productive tasks. While it may not be possible to eliminate junk emails altogether if you have an email account, there are ways to reduce them. This can be done by combating your junk email problem at the beginning. Use the following tips to stop junk email before it starts.
Uncheck Free Subscription Boxes
If you have online subscriptions to blogs, newsletters and websites, that may be lots of fun. However, there may be other subscriptions filling up your inbox that you are not interested in. Lots of websites send what they like to call “offers” with discounts or other information related to your online activity. Chances are that you have already signed up for these unknowingly. Some subscriptions are easier to get out of than others, which is why you must pay close attention to all of the fine print on your member page when joining any website. It is important to read all of the information listed on a webpage when signing up for any service or joining a website on the internet. This includes your email account, which is something that many people do not pay attention to. When you sign up for a free email account, there are usually several opt-in subscriptions and offers to send you information on products and services related to your interests. Make sure to uncheck these boxes before opening a new email account.
When you join social networking websites, online forums and message boards or other recreational websites, it is important to read all of the fine lines prior to joining. The same practice should be applied when shopping online and requesting free catalogs. Some companies automatically sign you up for free newsletters and discounts for products that you may or may not be familiar with. There are usually boxes that you can uncheck or links that allow users to unsubscribe from these messages and updates. You can significantly decrease the amount of junk mail received by making sure to uncheck the appropriate boxes and taking yourself off of unwanted subscription lists. Being aware of automatic subscriptions, “offers” and newsletters is one way to stop junk email before it starts.
Do not make your email public
Displaying your email for the world to see is not one of the best actions to take if you want to stop junk email before it starts. This includes editing your online accounts and profiles to make it so that other members of websites you have joined are not able to contact you via email. Some social networking websites, message boards and chat rooms have options on what is to be displayed on a profile. If you do not monitor these options carefully, your email address could be available for anyone to send you junk email. One better option is to make it so that members can only send you messages through the private messaging system related to a particular website or message board. This way, your email is not used and the messages are monitored by website administrators.
It can be difficult to avoid making your email public if you own a website, blog or online business and want people to have access to this contact information. If you are operating an online business, try to use the email specifically for services related to the company. Your email address should match or be related to the url of a relevant business. If you are someone who uses the internet for recreational purposes and may operate a blog or website to keep in touch with friends, try adding a general contact form that people can fill out if they want to communicate with you. An email address should be treated as private information and not plastered all over the internet (including your Myspace of Facebook page) to minimize the amount of junk email you receive.
Do not participate in chain emails
Almost everyone who uses an email address has received a chain email or two from friends or even people that they do not know. Some of these emails are sent for fun and include jokes while others may include important news such as missing children or product recalls. You should be careful when forwarding chain emails no matter what the subject matter includes. Since chain emails include the email addresses of just about everyone who has read them or sent them, someone could easily copy your email address and add it to a newsletter mailing without your knowledge. You would then start receiving junk email as a result.
There is nothing wrong with reading chain emails for fun if that interests you. However, you should not forward it or send it to multiple people, even if the chain email instructs you to do so. As superstitious as you may or may not be, sending a chain email may actually cause more problems than ignoring and deleting it. If you are having a party or trying to spread a message to certain people, that is different. An announcement that you sent out to friends and family members may not contribute to junk mail in the future since it’s a close knit group that you are communicating with.
Use a secondary email account
Avoid using your primary email account for recreational purposes. This includes signing up for certain online sweepstakes, entering random contests and requesting further information from companies of interest. Once you enter a contest and provide your email, the sponsoring company might choose to use it repeatedly even after the contest is over. This is why it can be useful to have a secondary email account. You may decide to request quotes or information from companies that provide services such as home rentals, car insurance or home furnishings. They could then continue to send you information, even when you are no longer interested in these services. A secondary email account can help you to stop junk email before these messages start flooding your main address.