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  • Use a unique e-mail address - Pick an address that is hard for spammers to guess and easy for you to remember. Also, if chatting online, use a unique screen name that is not associated with your e-mail address. More Information.
  • Use multiple e-mail addresses - Consider creating separate addresses or accounts that can be used for online purchases, chat rooms and other public postings. You can also use a free forwarding address. More Information.
  • "Mask" your e-mail address - If you post your e-mail address online consider masking your address. There are several ways to correctly mask your address and thwart spammers. More Information.
  • Check the privacy policy when you submit your address to a Web site - Always be familiar with a Web site's privacy policy before submitting any information. Learn more about how to read a privacy policy.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, - it probably is. Fraudsters, scammers, and crooks take advantage of people via unwanted e-mail. More Information
  • Learn more about "pop up spam" - recently a new form of spam has developed via the Microsoft Windows operating system feature Messenger Service. It is a stream of "pop up" messages that stop you from using your home computer until you close them. If this is a common problem that you are experiencing learn how to make it stop.
  • Use tools to help prevent spam - Learn about tools that can filter or tag spam before it fills your e-mail inbox.

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