|To prevent unwanted spam you need to prevent them from getting your email in the first place. Once they have it you can usually expect to continue getting spam for a very long time. here are some things to keep in mind.|
1. If you receive a solicitation email with a link to be removed from their mailing list DO NOT use it. Many spammers mass mail to email addresses at random hoping to get some hits. By using the"remove" link you are only verifying that there is a live person at that email address.
2. Do not publish your email on any web page. There are "bots" thats will scour pages throughout the internet to grab those email addresses.
3. Be very careful when sigingin up for any service or account that requires your email address.
My best method of reducing spam is using different email accounts. I have three main email accounts.
My yahoo account is my spam account. I use that account whenever I need to sign up for something and an email address is required AND I feel that they may share the info or where I never really need to hear from that company. I may have to go to Yahoo right after signing up to activate the account. But, I never check that email and yahoo (and others) have pretty good spam control already.
I also have my email address through my ISP. I use this for accounts where I do business on a regular basis and want to hear from that company if that need to contact me: Ebay, Paypal, etc.
My third account is my personal account which I only use for friends and family. I never use if for creating any accounts.