How to stop spam in your email box – Tips and tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping spam out of your inbox:

  • Use Apache SpamAssassin – It’s your first and best line of defence against spam.
  • Be careful which companies you give your email address to – companies sometimes sell email lists as an additional revenue generator. Consider setting up email addresses for specific uses: One for shopping, one for banking, and one for family and friends, for example.
  • Spammers often use automated tools to scan web pages for email addresses. If you want to include your email address on a web page, write it in a way that only humans can decipher. For example, if your email address is, you could write it “papa [at] yourhostpapa dot com.”
  • Use a contact form on your website rather than providing your email address.
  • If you open a spam message by mistake, do not click any of the links in it. When you click a link in a spam message, the spammer knows the email address they used is legitimate.
  • Turn off automatic downloading or display of graphics in HTML emails. Spammers often use linked graphic files to track who opens a message, letting them know the email address they’ve spammed is legitimate and in use.
  • Check the privacy settings on your social network sites and either hide your email address or restrict it to a small group of trusted people.
  • When filling out web forms, check the options to ensure you don’t receive unwanted promotional emails.
  • In your email client, flag spam emails that make it through your spam filters.
  • Don’t spam other people! Spamming violates HostPapa’s Terms of Service; if an account is found sending spam, it might be temporarily suspended.

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