By John Dukovich on
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 7:00 PM
Has SPAM got you down? Are you having trouble weeding through the inane and bogus offers in your inbox as you try to find legitimate e-mail messages? I think everyone is affected by SPAM. There is not one silver bullet to defeat SPAM (other than ditching your e-mail account and going back to snail mail). However, there are multiple strategies you can use to combat this modern-day vermin. First, let's quickly go through how you e-mail address gets into a spammers database. If you purchase retail products online, it is likely that the retailer may sell your e-mail address to an e-mail harvester. They collect millions of e-mail addresses and load them into databases which they provide to spammers. Another way for your e-mail address to be absconded is for it to be harvested off of a website. If you post your e-mail address on the web, expect it to be gobbled up by automated programs ("bots") that crawl across the web looking for e-mail addresses. If you post your e-mail on a "contact us" page, if you respond to a...
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