Reduce Spam - dummies

By Andy Rathbone

Unsolicited e-mails are generally referred to as spam. Windows Mail’s spam filter helps you reduce spam. Unfortunately, you’ll never eliminate these e-mails completely, but you can reduce spam substantially.

Luckily, Vista has wised up a bit when it comes to recognizing spam. In fact, when Windows Mail spots an e-mail that smells suspiciously like spam, it sends you a message, shown in the following figure, and deposits the suspect into your Junk E-Mail folder.


Move spam to your Junk E-Mail folder.

If you spot mail in the Junk E-mail folder that’s not junk, click the good piece of mail and click the Not Junk button on the toolbar. Windows Mail quickly whisks that piece of mail back into your Inbox.

But although you can’t completely stop spam, you can weed out much of it by following these rules:

  • Give your e-mail address only to close friends, relatives, and trusted business contacts. Don’t give it to strangers or post it on Web sites.

  • Create a second, disposable e-mail account to use when signing up for online offers, filling out online forms, or carrying out any short-term correspondence.

  • Never post your real e-mail address in an Internet’s chat forum, newsgroup, or other public conversation area. And never respond to a spammer, even if it’s to click the unsubscribe link. That merely adds you to the spammer’s list of confirmed e-mail addresses.

  • See whether your ISP offers built-in spam filtering. The filters work so well that many spammers now try to evade the filters by using nonsensical words. If they do make it through, the nonsense in the subject gives it away as being spam.