This chapter is from the book
The Absolute Minimum
- Spam is unsolicited commercial email or electronic junk mail.
- SPAM is canned meat from Hormel.
- Spammers send massive volumes of email because they make money at it. Someone, somewhere, buys the products they advertise.
- Spam is an effective distribution method for scams and malware.
- A spammer's computer can be blocked but it's easy for him to evade this by changing his computer's IP address, the numerical address used to identify his computer on the Internet.
- Spam is free to send but costs recipients time, productivity, money, and aggravation.
- Never respond to spam.
- Never post your main email address to the web. Instead, use an alternate email for web forums, subscriptions, and the like.
- Use the junk mail filters in Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Mail.
- Install an anti-spam program. I recommend Cloudmark Desktop.
- Fight back by reporting spam to the spammer's ISP.