You’ve heard and read all the blog posts about stopping spam. We recently did one here, and if you get a chance, please take a moment and read about stopping spam. But now we want to take a step back and focus on the creation of spam email and what you can do to prevent it before it ever gets to your inbox.
How does spam get into my inbox?
Spam gets to your inbox in many ways. The flowchart above depicts just some of the entities that are collecting your personal information and either using it for their own marketing purposes or selling it. Selling your information? Yes.
Spammers also crawl the web for publicly-posted email addresses in things like forum posts, blogs, and social network postings to build email lists, which is why you should never post your full email online. Instead of writing John...@Email.com, say JohnSmith [at] Email [dot] com. That way humans will know how to reach you, but spambots won’t.
How can I catch who is spamming my inbox?
If you only use one email address and give it out to everything you sign up for, then it’s tough to catch the culprit who sold it to spammers. A better option: create masked, or fake, emails for websites that you only wish to sign up for and then never hear from again. Because you’re using a unique email, you’ll know which site sold you out if you start receiving spam at that address.
Check out the example below. Let’s say the unique email you gave goodreads.com starts receiving spam from other senders: then you’ll know that goodreads shared or sold it.
Is there any hope for my inbox?
Is your inbox so inundated with spam that you think you don’t have a chance to save it? If so, consider our new free spam-blocker MaskMe. MaskMe will let you easily create Masked Email addresses that you can give out when signing up for new accounts, filling out surveys, collecting coupons, sending in warranties…every time you’re forced to give out your email.
Your actual email address will be shielded from these entities, and you will have the option to block further email from the spammer right from your inbox.
MaskMe gives you the power to trace each and every piece of email that comes to your inbox. Don’t waste time by opening numerous junk email accounts that are a hassle to manage. Let MaskMe help you eliminate spam by first showing you exactly where it is coming from, and then allowing you to turn off spam once and for all!