Are you fed up with getting too much unwanted
mail? That's particularly irritating on addresses you can get rid of or
change, typically your professional one or the one you gave to your friends.
Here are simple tips to limit this, from
Your comments and questions are welcome!
Of course, you should avoid giving your e-mail
address to organizations you don't trust. Though some organizations may
be serious ones, they may still sell it to others. At least, it may be
hard to stop them from sending you e-mail. For such cases, you should create
a mailbox on a free e-mail site (lots have a POP3 and IMAP interface like
the one of your Internet Provider). When this mailbox gets too much junk
mail, delete it and create a new one.
Similarly, don't post on newsgroups with your
main address. Use rather a dedicated address. Newsgroups are heavily scanned
by spammers and has historically been the first resources spammers used.
Also check that your signature doesn't include your permanent address!
To make sure people can still contact you, you can provide a link to your
home page where you indicate your permanent address.
A new problem is
spammers are now scanning web sites too! Fortunately, there's a way to
code that generates it. This is totally transparent for people reading
your pages, but totally opaque for spam robots, which are very unlikely
Also be cautions with mailing lists that are
archived on the web. Malicious web crawlers may find your address there.