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Postini's Seven Anti-SPAM Tips

Posted: 28th Jul, 2006 By: MarkJ
Postini has issued a simple list of the "seven commandments to reduce spam". Three years ago we also wrote an article on the subject (here), which included 12 tips (some might be a bit outdated, but most of it is still valid):

Andrew Lochart, senior director of marketing, Postini says internet users should follow theses seven commandments to reduce spam:

1. If you are prompted for your email address when surfing the web, first read the privacy policy for the company. Make sure it states that they will not share your email address with anyone else whether they are affiliated with their business or not.

2. If you subscribe to newsletters, verify what the privacy policy is as well.

3. If you receive an unsolicited newsletter, do not follow the unsubscribe prompts. This will let the sender know that your email account exists and is in use.

4. Only list your email address in public when it’s absolutely necessary.

5. If you participate in any newsgroups, online communities or at social networking-websites make sure you have your preferences set to hide your email address.

6. Only ever use your email signature with trustworthy recipients, particularly, when it includes your email address.

7. If you fill out forms for raffles, subscription cards, or registration cards that prompt for your email address, leave it off.

Many at ISPr are also quite fond of the free Thunderbird (Mozilla.org) e-mail client, which has some simple, yet quite effective, anti-SPAM filters of its own.
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