unsolicited commercial emails are commonly referred to as “spam.” Such emails often e in the form of unwanted messages or advertisements. dealing with them involves knowing how to recognize them, how to alter your online behavior and what tools to use. The following is a guide on how to prevent unsolicited commercial email.
Stop spam from slowing down your day! if your website allows blog comments and contact form messages, you probably already know how annoying it is to receive spam from fictitious SEO companies, pharmaceutical companies and so on —sent from recipients with questionable names such as Shackleford Mumaw, lovely Rathor or even Jennifer Lopez! With numbers soaring to 121 unwanted emails every day, it’s reasonable to look for better alternatives to the delete button.
There’s no silver bullet to stop spam from coming through, though there are a couple of nifty tricks that will definitely e you in your crusade against unsolicited emails.

contact Form vs email listed on the website

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A contact form on your website is a good way to allow your visitors to send you a message, but on some occasions, your visitors might prefer to use your email account instead. There’s no straight answer to which is the best option, however listing your email account on your website is an open invitation to spam bots and email list providers (companies that collect and sell lists of email accounts to third parties). The good news is, with the help of some handy plugins, you can encrypt the email address for spam bots crawling your website. This is a new method and should be tested accordingly.

CAPTCHAS

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Spam bots are designed to write malicious comments and messages on websites through an automated system. By adding a CAPTCHA to your contact Form and to your blog settings you can dramatically improve your immunity to spam bots.

use a separate email account

if you are planning to signup to any service online you should consider using a “secondary” email account in the registration Form. This way you can reduce the odds of your primary email address getting subscribed to a mailing list without your consent.

MailScanner

regardless of the hosting provider, you have chosen if you subscribed to a traditional cpanel account you should be able to access the cpanel dashboard and find the tool Mail-scanner — under the emails tab. it’s an open source email filter used to identify and stop spam through a detection engine aptly called Spam-assassin. The configuration is pretty straightforward and the whole process is automated. Best of all, it’s free!

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Manual email filters

You can, of course, include specific filters in your email client (or even on your server) based on specific keywords that tend to appear reoccurring in the spam you receive. if you’re not quite sure how to do that, here are some simple instructions for Apple Mail and for Microsoft outlook. if you prefer handling it at the server level and you have access to your server cpanel, then head over to global email Filters (under the emails tab).

regardless of the approach, you choose to tackle this issue, keep in mind that it’s an ongoing task and some periodical ‘housekeeping’ will be required.