by Juergen Schulze
Help yourself or you are lost.

Everybody is suffering from spam. I just like to share my knowledge in fighting junk e-mail for more than 10 years. With the easy techniques I use now I became completely junk e-mail free for almost two years now.

Here are some principles which alone are less efficient but in total sum up all of my experiences which I made in the last couple of years. And all of this principles apply to each Internet user, from periodic to power user.

Rule 1 Never publish your real address online. Never ever. Post your address in Myspace, Facebook or even your own site and you’ll be flooded with spam within minutes. Whenever possible, try to hide or obfuscate your e-mail address with Javascript oder generate a picture out of your address. Coding it like name-at-domain-dot-com is not enough.

Rule 2 Forget about filters and tools. Don’t trust your ISP’s junk e-mail filters. From complicated regular expression filters and black listing of known bad mail servers, to semi smart Bayes filtering, none of them keeps its promises. They are always behind the current methods in spamming. The problems with filtering are not the junk e-mail that are not detected but the good mails which are accidentally hold back or worse erased.

Rule 3 Use disposable addresses that can be deleted if they begin to pull spam mails. Search for services which let’s you produce those addresses by a finger tip. Every of this fake addresses is redirected to your main address and you can even reply to them, while your real address is constantly obfuscated. This is by far the best way to communicate with machines, newsletters, shopping sites, etc. And when you get spammed? Easy, just erase the targeted address and that’s it.

Rule 4 Never reply to junk e-mail UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER, just delete it. Never let them know that you read and even answer such crap.

Rule 5 Never even open spam mails. They might infect you with a computer virus or confirm your address automatically in the background. Try to delete the suspicious message right on the mail server.

Rule 6 Never click on the links in junk e-mail messages, including unsubscribe links. This will only lead to more junk e-mail. Also it is best to not open mails from unknown senders in HTML modus.

Rule 7 Never buy anything from a company that spams. Don’t reward those guys for molesting you. Don’t visit their sites or ask for more information.

Rule 8 Use multiple email addresses for different purposes. This helps you to identify different authors and senders, and grants you filter more efficiently.

Rule 9 Use products where unknown human senders have to identify themselves before their mails go from quarantine to your inbox.

Rule 10 Use mechanically generated disposable addresses for communicating with machines (e.g. shops, newsletters, web2.0)

Rule 11 Control if your e-mail address is visible to spammers by typing it into a search engine.

Rule 12 Use a more complicated e-mail address, that is less likely to receive junk e-mail than one that could be easily created with a simple dictionary-attack. Chose a completely at random generated addresses.

Rule 13 Stop using betrayed addresses. You will never be cleaned from a spammer’s list.

Rule 14 Never give out your login information to anyone. Not to your best friend or your wife and of course not your co worker.

Rule 15 Always protect yourself the best way possible. New windows patches, an up to date virus scanner and a running firewall are a total must.

Rule 16 Stay away from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s Outlook and Outlook Express. They are flawy and always an attacker’s first possible aim.

About the Author:
Juergen Schulze is the boss of the unique spam fighting service MIGUmail – the final and only weapon in fighting junk e-mail.

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