A few weeks ago we told you about 4 ways that spammers can get your email address. Readers sent in a few more tips.
It's always good to have another email account setup that you use when you register for things on the web.
Paulie D. writes:
Another way is harvesting. We've all received a forwarded email joke or similar message where the first hundred lines are a historical list of everyone that clicked FWD. That very email will end up in the hands of a spammer. Spammers "harvest" all of the visible addresses out of the email, likely using an automated tool. All the addresses harvested are then permanently added to their spammer database, courtesy of your friend who didn't have the courtesy to Bcc (blind copy) you.
Another Anonymous elaborates on Paulie D.'s suggestion:
Every time you forward an email there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their email addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds. Someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail.
How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:
For more antispam tips, see Help keep spam out of your inbox.
Thanks, readers, for sending in these great suggestions. Feel free to post other suggestions in the comments section below or use the Email Blog Author under Common Tasks.