Why privacy is important
Unfortunately, spam is a fact of life for internet users. A recent online poll found that 52% of people surveyed considered spam ‘a major problem’. Statistics say that spam even accounts for anywhere between 45% and 73% of all emails sent. It’s annoying, it’s time consuming and some of it could even be fraudulent. So what can we do about it?
Here are five top tips to help you to reduce spam in your inbox:
- Add a junk filter. Many providers, such as Microsoft’s Outlook and Gmail offer specific folders and spam filters to help automatically sift through the spam from the serious.
- When you buy online, be aware of the privacy boxes at the bottom of the page. You may want to hear from that company itself, but beware of an auto-ticked box that signs you up to affiliate companies at the same time.
- Set up a second email address just for your online activity. If it’s not your main address you will be far less bothered by unwanted emails getting in the way when you’re trying to work.
- Never open an attachment if you are not sure who it’s from. ActionFraud have some great articles and examples of how to avoid scams and phishing emails.
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