Dear Amy: Getting spam is really annoying. Is there any way to prevent it? — Michael, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dear Michael: Spam is a problem that’s not likely to go away anytime soon. The best thing you can do is make sure you never click on any links in a spam email, even ones that say “unsubscribe,” and don’t reply to such emails, either. Many popular email applications have a “report spam” or “mark as spam” button. Reporting spam can help your email provider do a better job of filtering so your inbox doesn’t get filled with junk.
Also, be careful when giving out your email address. Sharing it with friends and family is fine, but you should avoid posting it anywhere public, such as a website, blog or forum. If you use social networking sites, change your privacy settings to make sure your email isn’t displayed on your profile page, or find some other way to limit who can see it.
If your spam problem is bad enough, you might consider getting a new email address for a fresh start. Choose a unique address, because simple ones are easier for spammers to guess. For more tips on avoiding spam, visit spam.getnetwise.org/tips.
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