|1. Forwarding nonsense|
Before I get into the interesting part, let me set everybody straight on forwarded e-mail. In short, if you are looking to forward yet another story about how the ACLU is forbiding crosses in cemetaries, or AIDS tainted needles being stuck here there and everywhere, STOP. Don't forward another one until you know it's true (both of the examples I mentioned are concoctions). If you receive such an e-mail, you are cordially invited to look it up at snopes.com for veracity. If anybody forwards me such an e-mail that's full of cocamamie bunk, I reply all and correct him. OK?
Don't forward a bunch of nonsense! Make sure it's really true first!
|2. Basic terminology and concepts|
|3. Keeping your address the same.|
can use a service like pobox.com which will let all your friends have
an e-mail box that will stay with you for life. They charge about $40.00 per year. It's worth it. It works like
I find that having an entity like pobox.com switching things is very effective, even when you are sure you aren't going to change. As they say, "The only constant is change." Even with webmail.
|4. Dealing with UBE.|
|UBE. The guys that somehow get your address and send lots and lots of worthless junk about working from home.|
I regard this as a fact of life. Sooner or later, your address will get harvested. I'm convinced that the absolute best filter for this is using Gmail. That's right. Set up a Google account. I get just about false nothing. No false positives, and extremely few false negatives. If you have a pobox.com address, they got into trouble with Google because the vast majority of pobox.com mail getting forwarded to Gmail was spam, and Google had a chat with pobox and basically forced them to use at least minimal spam filtering. I think Google had very good reason for what they did. So, set your pobox filtering for weak as possible. Pobox has gotten false positives for me in the past, and pobox.com is the last place I think about going if I suspect a false positive. Even if I did, I would rather handle the UBE through Gmail's interface and Gmail has the best final filtering anyway.
|5. Dealing with SBE.|
so you go online to buy something and they make you put in an e-mail
address. The e-mail newsletters, special offers, etc. should
trigger something in your head. That's what spamgourmet.com is
for. Set up an account there, and they work like this:|
--You set up an account like firstname.lastname@example.org
--You go to sears.com and they want your e-mail address.
--You give them email@example.com. You do nothing else; you don't need to create the address.
--They handle your order, sending maybe three emails to let you know the status. The account is created when they send the first e-mail
--After a set number of e-mails, spamgourmet.com starts silently throwing them out. The account self-destructs.
Now this is a very brief description of what spamgoumet.com does. There are many issues they address with SBE. Read up more at their web site.