Avatar’s Guide to Spam

Spam – Unwanted emails, usually of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to large mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups. Also known as junk email.

This guide helps you find out more about what you can do to prevent your business and your inbox being strangled by spam. Despite a range of DIY options for preventing or minimizing spam, if the problem persists you may have to seek specialist advice.

A History Of Spam

Spammers use spam bots (software programs) to help them collect email addresses found on the internet and then send out unsolicited (or spam) emails. The size of the spam problem is mind-boggling. Back in 1978, an early spam email was sent to 600 different addresses. According to research into the spam epidemic, by June 2006 this figure had exploded to a staggering 85 billion spam mails sent every day by December 2006. With spam accounting for up to 85% of ‘abusive’ or ‘unsolicited’ mail, spam prevention measures are worth serious consideration. Spam effects workplace productivity and efficiency. It can block legitimate emails getting through and be extremely irritating to deal with.

What You Can Do To Spam Proof Your Inbox

It’s almost impossible to 100% spam-proof yourself, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of spam in your inbox:

What We Can Do To Help You Combat Spam

We may host your website, but we cannot control what types of emails are sent through to your account. Our service acts as your online postman only – we don’t determine what gets put into the mail itself.

However, we can help minimise spam you receive from your website including to an existing email account in the following ways:

You may also wish to search the internet for free spam filter software. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for, so if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

These are the only measures that we can offer.

Spam Filtering Options From Your ISP

You can also contact your ISP (your Internet Service Provider). They may also be able to offer you some spam filter options. Typically you can set this up on your account through your administration area, which you should have a username and password for. To find out more about your options, you will need to contact your ISP directly.View more listings for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in New Zealand.

Spam Filtering Options on Your Computer

There are also a couple things that you can on your computer to help minimise the amount of spam coming through to your inbox:

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