Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SPAM Me Not!

SPAM Me Not!

Spam, ahh, such a lovely thing to look forward to is it not? I'll bet if a poll was done about all things 'Internet' spam would be number one of the most hated list. Everyone gets it, everyone hates it, the question is how to deal with it. In many cases your email address is on a list.
That list was built either by someone scouring the internet and finding your email somewhere deep on a comment in a forum, or from a ebay purchase, or from a picture you shared somewhere years ago. Lists and email addresses are bought and sold as well by marketing companies, they are bought and sold by those that use 'questionable' methods to make money on the Internet)
Some feel that if you're dumb enough to fall for an internet scam, then hell yeah, They are going going to make a few bucks from you. Anyway, the point is your email address is on a list and you will never get it off that list because it's just too hard and time consuming to track it down.

SPAM Housekeeping
The simplest method is to create a filter that scans an email message for the word 'unsubscribe'. All email subscriptions are supposed to have a unsubscribe link within them, this can be used to filter out unwanted email subscriptions. You can then have those emails automatically marked as spam, or you can click the unsubscribe link within the email. The filter method is not perfect however and will often capture some good emails. 

The 'best' method is to simply stop using that email address and advise your contacts that you are using a new email address. Sort of like moving, however if you are like many of us, our primary email address is not easily abandoned. In other words, that is not an option. So what are we to do? One viable solution is to utilize a new unsubscribe feature in gmail that allows you to unsubscribe from emails lists. Gmail scans email messages for certain patterns and senders that it deems as a email list.
Gmail can automatically unsubscribe you from email subscriptions and other list. 

Going one step further are several 3rd party websites that use gmail's new feature, however they go a little further. 

Help is Here! makes managing your subscription list easy. Simply select the emails that are overloading your inbox, and we'll automatically unsubscribe you all at once. If you change your mind, there's always time to reselect a subscription. Plus your privacy is our top priority. We don't even peek at your personal emails (promise). faq

Unsubscribr makes things a little easier as long as you have Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, or AOL Mail. You simply type in your email address, grant permission to the unsubscribr, and it then scans and provides a link to unsubscribe. Unsubscribr doesn't have access to your email password as long as your email client supports it. The service is free, however it only scans up to five days of past mail. You can upgrade and pay a one-time fee of $2 to clean out 30 days worth of mail.

Last but not least is
Just install it in your email account, and any time you want to unsubscribe from a marketing email, you just hit the “Unsusbcribe” button and the service takes care of the rest.