Tips for Reporting and Avoiding Spam

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Spam is a nuisance, so complaining about it is a natural reaction. But if you want to rid your email box of spam, you need to report it.

By reporting spam, the sources could get kicked off their ISPs. The reports serve as an incentive for internet service providers to educate and secure their users so their computers are not turned into spam-sending zombies.

Easy Ways to Report Spam

To report spam correctly, do the following:

  • Identify the real source of the message.
  • Find the ISP responsible for the part of the net where the message originated.
  • Identify the correct person to contact at that ISP.

Spam Reporting

There are various reporting services — the most popular of which is SpamCop — that will help you rid your email box of spam. In fact, SpamCop is one of the worldwide leaders for blocklisting and reporting spam.

The way SpamCop works is it determines the origin of the unwanted email. Next, it reports it to the proper internet service providers. Reporting spam also helps update spam filtering systems.

To submit a correct and efficient spam report using SpamCop:

  1. Open the source of the junk email in your email program.
  2. Highlight the full source and press Ctrl-C (Windows), Command-C (Mac) or Alt-C (Unix) to copy.
  3. Paste the source of the spam you received in the SpamCop input field.
  4. Press Process Spam.
  5. Select Send Spam Report(s) Now.

Spam Prevention

Instead of waiting to report spam, nip it in the bud by employing spam prevention.

  • Cloudmark DesktopOne is an easy junk and phishing mail solution with an excellent spam detection rate. Cloudmark DesktopOne filters lots of spam very precisely. Using a simple concept, Cloudmark DesktopOne integrates with popular email programs, such as Microsoft Outlook for Mac, and Apple Mail.
  • SpamBayes employs sophisticated analysis using Bayesian statistics to rid your Inbox of junk mail precisely and in an effortless manner. A POP proxy and IMAP module make SpamBayes function with most email accounts.