We all get Spam mail, that's a fact of life these days in the world of technology.
The "block" option doesn't always work as some of these emails keep coming back to haunt us.
So here are 5 great tips on preserving your email privacy:
1. Use AccountKiller.com
Go to AccountKiller.com and go through the list of websites you think you have registered your email and follow the instructions on how to delete your account. They have three color-codes: white, grey and black. The white ones are easy to delete, the grey are moderate and can take some time while the black groups are permanent accounts you cannot delete.
For the black colored sites you may need to email the company directly and request your account to be closed.
2. Use a Disposal Email
Get a disposable e-mail account for temporary events such as entering contests, getting free products, and sites you know you're not going to come back to again.
Sites such as 10minuteemail.com gives you an instant email account that works for ten minutes and then disappears. This is great for signing up for free products without receiving all the advertising spam afterwards.
Downloading an App such as:
can help wit email privacy as well.
3. Block or clear "Cookies" often
Most of the time cookies are alright on websites you trust and they just memorize your User ID and Password. But others are there for "data mining" which they track where you click and what advertising you like. This data gets shared with all the other advertising companies in the group. Pretty much why the same advertising starts popping up after you did an internet search.
Most internet browsers have an option in settings to either let you know a website wants a cookie, or to block them altogether. Also clearing your cache often with "delete cookies" option checked helps as well.
4. Create an alternative E-mail
Make an e-mail account primarily for emailing outside your contact list. Such as emailing unknown addresses (craigslist), newsgroups, forums, chat rooms, and the like, for where you don't want a short temporary account. Companies "scrape" these sites for public information and that's when the spam mail starts.
When the spam mail gets crazy, just close that account and open another one, easy-peasy.
5. Don't REPLY to Spam E-mails!
When you get a spam e-mail, don't reply at all!
Some of these e-mails don't even have your e-mail on their list but were "fishing" by sending out bulk e-mails to random e-mail names and looking for a hit.
So when you reply asking to remove your e-mail - you get ADDED to their list!
Best to block, report to your email provider, or use SpamCop.
I hope these 5 tips on protecting your privacy helps lessen that Spam mail headache and have a smaller e-mail box.