TECHNOLOGY: Reducing your email spam

James Stoner
James Stoner
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Spam is one of the annoying realities of the digital age. Email allows us to keep up with the world, receive invoices, payslips, receipts for online purchases and access this data from anywhere in the world, whenever we want.

The benefits email offers far outweigh the spam drawbacks, however here at JSPC we are always striving for perfection, so here are our top tips for a spam free life.

• Use an alternate email address

Websites often require an email address to allow you access to certain information or services.

The problem with this is once your email is out there, it can be passed around or picked up by internet bots, leaving your inbox full to the brim with unwanted emails.

Setting up an alternative email address when using an unknown site, will mean all spam and junk mail generated will be emailed to that inbox.

This still allows you the freedom to check that inbox should you wish, in case you required something from that site.

• Use a different username

It is best not to create user names which are the same as your email address. Most people use either GoogleMail, Yahoo or Outlook as their mail supplier.

Therefore if your username is bensmith12, it is just a case of a spambot completing the address using one of the main email providers and your email bensmith12@Yahoo.co.uk will be uncovered.

• Never share email on social networks

It is never a good idea to share your personal information on social media sites. This goes for mobile number, address and also email.

In addition to being dangerous, you will find yourself inundated with nuisance messages.

Most social media sites have their own messenger tool so if people really need to contact you privately they can use that.

• Online tools – prove you are human

A slightly more hi-tech way of protecting your email information is by using a service like Scr.im.

This website converts your email address into a short URL which comes with a custom HTML.

If someone wants your email address they need to pass a simple test proving they are human (not an internet spambot) and then your email will be disclosed to them.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to {mailto: questions@jspc.co.uk| questions@jspc.co.uk|questions@jspc.co.uk}, and if you require further advice, support, or a computer repair, call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122, visit www.jspc.co.uk, or visit them at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

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