Spam is a common, and often frustrating, side effect to having an email account. Although you will probably not be able to eliminate it, there are ways to reduce it.
What is spam?
Spam is the electronic version of “junk mail.” The term spam refers to unsolicited, often unwanted, email messages. Spam does not necessarily contain viruses so some valid messages from legitimate sources could fall into this category.
How can you reduce the amount of spam?
Be careful about releasing your email address
Think twice before you respond to any request for your email address, on the web, verbally, or on paper.
Spammers can harvest any email address posted on a website or buy a list of victims from unscrupulous vendors who sell their mailing list.
When you give your email address to a company, or a store, that information is often entered into a database so that customer information and preferences can be tracked. If these email databases are sold to or shared with other companies, you can receive email that you didn’t request.
So the next time you make a purchase and they ask you whether you want an emailed or a printed receipt, choose “Print only”.