There’s no foolproof way to completely stop yourself from receiving spam – if your email address falls into the hands of a spammer, all you can do is find effective ways of filtering it out. Consider installing a thirdparty tool such as Mailwasher (www.mailwasher.net) that you can use to screen your emails. Once installed, take the time to ‘train’ the app so it recognises the kind of spam emails you receive and then configure it so it deletes them automatically before they reach your inbox. You can also minimise spam by switching to plain text view by default and never opening a spam message – it’ll almost certainly contain some form of tracking device to alert the spammer to the fact your address is active and in use. If you do open a message, don’t click any links – instead, simply mark the message as spam so your email provider knows what to do with it in future.
Finally, take the time to check your junk mail settings to fish out legitimate emails – if you recognise a marketing email as genuine, take the time to unsubscribe rather than marking it as spam.
Use Mailwasher to build up a list of trusted contacts as well as known spammers – it’ll help filter unwanted mail out of your mailbox.