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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

How to avoid getting more spam e-mail

By Steve Alexander






JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) After I wrote a column about how to reduce the amount of spam (junk e-mail) in Google's Gmail, Don Wenig of Tucson, Ariz., voiced the frustration of many e-mail users.

"I just wish I knew how these creatures got my address," Wenig said.

I took that to heart, and here is a list of the ways that spam producers get your e-mail address and what you can do to prevent it.

Don't respond to an e-mail from someone you don't know, not even to "unsubscribe" from an e-mail list that sends you unwanted information. It only confirms that your e-mail address is a good target.

Don't download any e-mail images that weren't initially displayed by your e-mail program. That also confirms that your e-mail address is available to spam.

Don't sign up for any online service that says it will remove your name from spam lists. Chances are, the site is run or monitored by spammers.

Don't respond to attention-grabbing e-mails, such as a "delivery failure message" for an e-mail you didn't send, or a message that says you requested something that you didn't. They're just bait.

Don't let an automatic e-mail response go to everybody. When on vacation, set your e-mail to respond with an "I'm-not-here" message only to e-mails from people already in your contacts list. Otherwise the automatic response may confirm your e-mail address to spammers.

Don't be fooled by phishing e-mails that urge you to use an e-mail link to a website where you can correct or confirm something about your e-mail, bank account, credit cards or other personal material. These people are trying to steal your personal information.

Don't participate in online contests that offer cash prizes or free trips in exchange for your e-mail address. This is a bit like giving out your street address and telephone number whenever you buy a lottery ticket, something most people would never do.

Don't use your main e-mail address in online forums. Spammers scan these forums with programs called "Web crawlers" that copy e-mail addresses (typically they copy anything that contains the "@" symbol.) Protect yourself by adding phony details to your e-mail address, such as inserting the phrase "delete_this" in the middle of the address. You won't fool any people, but you might trick an automated Web crawler.

Don't give out your real e-mail address without considering two alternatives. You can set up a secondary free e-mail address to give to websites; if that account becomes clogged with spam you can close it. Or set up "disposable e-mail addresses," temporary addresses that forward e-mail to your real address. See tinyurl.com/youhjr.

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Previously:



How to solve PC problems from afar; import old e-mails into the Thunderbird e-mail program
Apple iPad ready to travel
How to add software to a diskless PC
Connecting a new PC to an older printer



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