Perhaps the best way to avoid spam involves avoiding making one's email
address available to spammers, directly or indirectly. Basic computer
literacy should include an understanding of the basics of spamming and
Some useful tips:
- Take precautions to avoid publicizing your e-mail address.
- Never reveal your e-mail address on pornographic, warez or other sites with questionable content.
- If a web site requests registration in order to allow useful
operations, such as posting in Internet forums, give a
temporary disposable address -- set up and used only for such a purpose.
- Use automated e-mail filtering.
- Downstate utilizes a spam-blocking program called SpamSentinel from
MaySoft, which closely integrates with Lotus Notes. SpamSentinel blocks
95-98% of spam with very few false positives.
- Never reply to a spam email, or click an "opt-out" link -- this simply confirms to the spammer that your email address is active.