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Yes, You Can Prevent Junk Mail (Sort of)
For example, check out Gmail ( http://gmail.google.com ) and
Yahoo! Mail ( http://mail.yahoo.com ). Never give your primary
e-mail address to strangers.
Don’t reply to spam: Don’t reply to junk e-mail messages under any
circumstances. By replying, all you do is alert the spammer to the fact that
your e-mail address is legitimate, and that makes you a target of even
more spam.
Don’t unsubscribe to junk e-mail messages: Some spam messages
contain an Unsubscribe link that you can click to prevent more messages
from coming. The links are a ruse. All you do by clicking them is make
spammers aware that your e-mail address is live and therefore, worth
targeting with more spam.
Book VI
Chapter 3
Don’t buy anything advertised by spam: Even if the message is selling
what looks to be a terrific bargain, resist the temptation. By buying, you
expose yourself to all the risks of replying to junk e-mail.
Be careful where (and how) you post your e-mail address: Spammers
gather e-mail addresses from the Internet. They get the addresses from
web pages, newsgroups, chat rooms, and message boards. Harvestware,
a variety of spamware, can scour the Internet for the tell-tale at symbol
(@) found in e-mail addresses and copy those addresses back to a
spammer’s computer. If you have to post your e-mail address on the Internet,
get around the problem by putting blank spaces between the letters in
your address, or spell out the address like so:
johndoe at earthlink dot net
 
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