“Spam, Spam, Spam”: how to minimise it

Tuesday 13 July 2010

“Spam” is the common word for unsolicited emails usually sent in bulk to unwitting recipients. Spam is the email equivalent of the leaflet through the door selling promising pizzas made with an amazing new type of crust. You won’t know the sender of these mails and at times they can be sleazy and offensive in nature.

There is one effective step you can take, at least as a starting point, towards ridding your life of spam. This is to switch on the spam filter that comes with the mailbox provided by your web hosting company. This switch can usually be found in your site’s “Control Panel” interface.

At web hosting company CWCS for example, we provide a spam filter for free with the Starter Package, so that you can rid yourself of spam emails.

The advantage of enabling the dedicated server spam filter is that unwanted emails get “headed off at the pass” before even being downloaded on to your home computer’s email programme.

What’s more, there should be no fears about losing emails which get mistakenly labelled as spam. All spam software suffers these “false positives” occasionally. Using the Control Panel you can set your spam not to be deleted automatically, so it will be stored in a “junk mail” folder in your webmail software. Then you can set yourself a reminder every few days to review that junk mail for just these false positives.

Taking this action will give you a great first line of defence in the battle against spam.

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