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Block Spam - How to

The rule is simple, very simple: Do not give out your email address. Every time you give your email to somebody you risk to be spammed. Read more under "Why Do I Get Spam"

 
There are several solutions to block spam emails and other junk emails. All of this solutions have their pro and contras. Some of them are free, others cost money.

 

Fake email address (temporary email, disposable email)

Use a fake email address account to hide your personal email address.  Such an address  can be a Hotmail account or a temporary email address like our service at www.myTrashMail.com. The major difference to your personal email address is that you use this "fake email address" only once.

By not disclosing you personal email address and using a temporary email service like www.myTrashMail.com you would almost never get any additional spam email.
 

Spam Blocker Services  

Name Type Pro Contras Overall Rating Comments
           
myTrashMail Disposable Email Service no password
no signup
email forwarding
delete email
fast access
prevent only new spam ***** English
Japanese
German
Chinese
mailexpire Disposable Email Service   prevent only new spam
need signup
 
**  
Mailinator Disposable Email Service no password
no signup
prevent only new spam ***  
SpamHole Disposable Email Service   to complicated
need signup
*  
Spamgourmet Disposable Email Service no-brainder mode
advantage mode
need signup * Dozens of languages
SneakEmail Disposable Email Service   need signup *  
DiscardMail Disposable Email Service no password
no signup
forwarding
delete email
prevent only new spam **** German
Sofort-mail.de Disposable Email Service no password
no signup
not hyperlink enabled
prevent only new spam
** German
Nervmich.net Disposable Email Service   need signup * German
           
           

 

Spam Email Filters

Spam filters are located between your email program and your mail server. Most of them act as a local POP3 server proxy, that picks up all the mail from your ISP mail account, filters it and then passes it on to your email program the next time you check you your mail. The spam is automatically blocked and moved into a Junk email area, from where you can review it, delete it or restore it.

 

Free Spam Filters

Name Type Pro Contras Overall Rating (max 10) Comments
           
SpamPal Spam Filter Software Works with Outlook Outlook Express and Eudora

POP3/IMAP4

Tons of features
Does not work with online email services as Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail

Only for Windows
***** 100% Free Software

Multi-lingual Support
K9  Spam Filter Software Windows
MacOS
POSIX
  ** 100% Free Software

Multi-lingual Support
PopFile Spam Filter Software   Only for Windows ** 100% Free Software

Multi-lingual Support
Spamihilator Spam Filter Software   Only for Windows ** 100% Free Software

Multi-lingual Support
           
for a detailed comparison of free spam email filters visit here

 

Commercial Spam Filters

Name Type Overall Rating (max 10) Comments
Qurb (Client Based)
Tired of Spam?
Commercial Spam Filter
 
**** 29.95 USD
       
FuseMail (Web Based) FuseMail - Affordable, SPAM-Free Email Commercial Spam Filter (Web Based)
***** Starts from 19.95 USD
       
       


 

Conclusion

By using a fake email address and a spam filter for your email-client, you should be protected enough from spam emails. You are able to block spam email by 98% or more. There is no need to buy any commercial products if the free products work for you. However some people receive up to 2000 spam mails daily! In such a case a free email filter might still not be good enough.

I personally use www.myTrashMail.com as my fake email address and www.spampal.org on my PC at home. In the office we use a paid solution from SpamInspector.

If you pay money for a spam email filter make sure that you can test it. You should at least filter 95% of your spam. If not don't buy it and go for another solution.

There are x-hundreds of commercial spam filtering software on the market. To choose your preferred solution takes a great amount of time. The 3 above mentioned products are leaders in the industry and have the best cost/performance ratio.

Next-> How to report spam
 

Other resources:

How do spammers get peoples email addresses by faqs.org

 

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