Originally Posted by kellyh57
Gosh, you're lucky. I get hundreds a day. Yes HUNDREDS! Of course, I own the domain and anything addressed to @(domain).com goes to me.
Since you own your own domain, you can set up your email to bounce anything that's not directly addressed to a known mailbox. It will cut your spam drastically. I manage my own domain too (as well as client domains). The "good" mail will make it through to your mailbox as usual, but firstname.lastname@example.org
will be bounced back as undeliverable, so every spam mail the spammers sent ends up in THEIR mailbox, not yours.
For everyone else, here's some tips on how to reduce your spam load even if you don't manage your own domains:
You need 3 email addresses. One is your high level private address, one is your medium level everyday online use address, and one is your trash box.
1. The high level private address. This is the one you have through your internet service provider, like email@example.com
. NEVER, EVER, EVER post your ISP email address online. EVER. ONLY give this one to in-person family and friends or very important businesses like your bank or employer. Reason is that you can not change this email address unless you go with another ISP and once it's known to spammers, there's not much you can do besides rely on your ISP's spam filter which are often useless.
2. Your everyday online address. firstname.lastname@example.org
. Get a gmail.com mailbox and use that address every time you want
to enter your email address online, or in a store to join a mailing list, etc. (Do you still need invites to get one? PM me if you do.) Gmail's spam filter is one of the best I've seen and any and all spam goes directly to a spam folder that you don't even have to look at. Spam is automatically deleted after 30 days or you can flush everything with one click. If spam makes it into your inbox, click the "report as spam" button and it won't happen again! In addition, you can access your gmail through your POP or IMAP mail program like Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Apple Mail, or even your iPhone so you can get this mail in the same place you access your ISP mail.
3. Your trash box. Get a yahoo or hotmail email address for your junk email address. Use this when you want to enter a contest, apply for freebies, or any place online that requires your email address, and where you do not need further contact with them. Places that say they need your email address, but you don't want to give it to them. You will probably not need to access that mail box ever, and its a good thing because it will likely be sold to spammers and be barraged daily. But, you can always check in in case you need to find something.
Sorry, I don't mean to sound all preachy, I just wanted to give you a road map in case you don't know where to turn. Hope this helps!