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Americans received an average 440 spam messages in 2000, 571 in 2001 and can expect 1,479 by 2006, according to Jupiter Media Matrix, a New York research firm.





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Many e-mail applications and Web-based e-mail services provide filters to limit the amount of unwanted e-mail that flows into your inbox. Learn more about how to use these built-in tools.

What the tool does:

  • Reports spam.
  • Filters or blocks unwanted email.
  • Provides multiple, tagged email addresses.
  • Gives a challenge-response to incoming email.

Type of Computer:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

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Reports Spam

These tools help you to report spam to the proper authorities. This is a key step to preventing further spam from the same culprit. By reporting spam you can help yourself and the entire online community.

Filters or blocks unwanted email

These tools prevent suspected spam from entering your inbox. The potential spam may be identified based on blacklists, whitelists, key-word/character criteria, etc. Please note that not all spam may be identified as such and that some wanted mail may be mistakenly categorized as spam. Many filters send the suspected spam to a separate folder so that you can look through the mail to see if any non-spam has been inadvertently filtered out.

Provides multiple, tagged email addresses

These tools provide you with multiple email addresses to use when your email address is requested by businesses or others online. Typically, these email addresses will forward to your regular email account and the individual email addresses can be turned off if they are abused. Because the email addresses are tagged, you may also be able to determine which companies have sold or disclosed your email address.

Gives a challenge-response to incoming email

These tools are designed to ensure that a human is sending you mail. When you receive mail from an address not on your list, the system requests a response from the sender. If the sender does not reply, the mail is handled as spam. Please be aware that a challenge response may be categorized as spam and that some humans may not be able to respond for that reason. Also, some companies use the challenge-response email to market their product to the people who are trying to email you.

 
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