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Reducing Spam

Spam is email sent to you with the intent to sell you something, or to get you to visit a website designed to collect marketing information.

You can take an agressive stance by using a spam reporting service, such as SpamCop, or you can simply delete these emails. Never respond to these emails, click on an 'unsubscribe' link, or visit websites mentioned in the spam emails.

Texas.Net offers a Spam Filter option that can greatly reduce the amount of spam sent to your computer.

We also recommend using an email program with spam filtering capabilities, like the Thunderbird email client.

Spam includes:

  • Unsolicited commercial advertising

    Most spam emails are meant to promote a product or service. Very few of these emails will include a valid From: address, so tracing their origin can be challenging.

  • Emails attempting to spread a virus

    Often, a virus will attempt to infect other computers by emailing itself to every email address it finds on an infected computer. Texas.Net deletes potentially malicious file attachments which might contain common email viruses. Additional information can be found on our virus information section.

  • Undelivered Mail notices resulting from failed spam emails

    Spammers send mail to you by addressing it To: you. But they rarely use a legitimate From: address. Spammers will use your address as a From: line, and you will get these emails when the To: address is not valid.   (more ...)

  • Nonsense Emails

    Emails with no clear message or content are sent to confuse spam filters or just contribute to the volume of junk email that a network needs to deal with. You should delete these emails, and never respond or reply to a removal request.
Here are some steps that we can all take to reduce the amount of this junk that invades our mailboxes.

Filtering Spam

We recommend you use a combination of the Texas.Net spam filter along with a mail program that includes adaptive spam filtering.

Spam Prevention

There are several steps you can take to prevent your address from being added to a spammer's address list:
  • Never respond to a spam email
    Responding to spam will only tell spammers that your email address is valid, inviting them to send you more spam, and share your address with other spammers.

  • Never use the "click here to remove" link on a spam email
    Trying to remove yourself from a spam list is the same as responding. It will validate the address and result in even more spam.

  • Use caution in providing your email address
    When filling in web forms, using chat rooms, or posting to newsgroups, avoid using your email address when possible. Check the privacy policy of a website, to see if your email address will be shared or sold to others, before providing it.

  • Use a second email address for use in public areas
    If you can obtain a second email address, just to use on web forms, and when needed in chat and newsgroups, you can reduce the spam sent to your main email account. Texas.Net provides additional email addresses, and some accounts include these at no additional charge.

More information about spam

Want to know more about where the spam is coming from? Want to do something about the spam you receive?

To trace the source of the spam, you will need to look at the full headers of the email. There are a few cases when you might be able to alert someone that spam is originating from their network. We offer some assistance in viewing and reading the headers, deciding whether the spam should be reported, and determining where to report it. This information is provided as a reference only. Our support staff will not be able to assist you in addressing spam that originates from other networks, and is beyond our control.   (more ...)

The best way to report spam is to use one of the spam reporting services available. One of the oldest spam reporting services is SpamCop. After registering for the free reporting service, they will notify the originating network when you report spam through them.

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