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Jun 05

Is there anything I can do about SPAM

Let’s finish up the conversation on email. There’s just one more email topic I want to talk about and we’ll move on to the next segment. Minimizing SPAM.

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We already talked about how to not contribute more email addresses to the folks harvesting them. But you’re still getting SPAM or a lot of stuff that they just don’t want showing up in your mailbox. Depending on the type of SPAM, there might be something you can do about it.

I do a lot of shopping online. I find it easy and I can usually find what I want at a lower price that in the store. Yeah, I know, I should support the local merchants, but more often than not I drive from store to store, only to find out that I’ll have to order it online anyway. So I order it.

Well, the next thing you know, that online retailer is flooding my inbox with mail. All I wanted was to buy something… I didn’t want to become the businesses best friend.

Fortunately, reputable businesses offer you a one or two click way to unsubscribe from their mailing list. And they do honor that request. Typically, at the bottom of the email in very very tiny lettering (get out your magnifying glass) you’ll see the word “unsubscribe”. Usually it’s either a different color or shade from the rest of the text or it’s underlined. Click on that link and your browser will open. There you’ll either be asked to enter your email address so that they can unsubscribe you, or in many cases, it’s already known and you’ll get a message that you’re unsubscribed. Voila – now they’ll only contact you on your terms, not them.

Then there’s the not so legitimate SPAM that shows up. Sometimes it’s online prescription drugs, and sometimes it’s not so subtle sexual enhancement products. Regardless, they’re annoying. Unfortunately, even though there’s an unsubscribe link on those emails as well, my suggestion is that you don’t click on the links in those types of emails. They may lead to a set of pop up windows in your browser with all kinds of sexual references… they may put a virus or malware on your computer (more on that in a future post) or if nothing else, they verify that your email address is legitimate and it gets sold to 100 more businesses that send out the same kind of email. So the simple thing to do is just delete it. Hopefully it’ll stop soon – I know it has for me in the past, and I suspect it’ll do the same for you.

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