It’s a truth universally acknowledged that everyone hates spam. Whether it’s an email in your personal folder or endless leaflets streaming through the letterbox or unsolicited phone calls. There’s nothing more annoying than spam.
Unfortunately, there’s no sign of it abating. It’s clearly worth it for the marketing and advertising companies that make their money from the business. As a result, it’s up to you to figure out a way to filter out the rubbish in order to keep your desktop clean and clear.
Fortunately, there are loads of great tools and guides on how to do this. Here we’ve put together a handy list of the best of the best:
Use your filters
Most email clients now have extremely efficient filters for sifting out junk emails. They are also beginning to be cleverer, and if you show them which items that got through the filter are junk, they’re less likely to let them through next time. You can also change the terms of your filters although you should be careful not to send any important correspondences to the trash.
Use your common sense
If it looks like rubbish, whether it’s a phone call, a leaflet or an email, then it probably is rubbish. Remember, people spend their whole lives thinking up ways to get you to buy their product, so when an advert or a message gets through to you, just ignore it. If it’s not worth their time targeting you, then you become a less viable target customer.
Screen your calls
The most annoying portion of spam comes over the phone, from unsolicited callers. Do yourself a favour by screening your calls. Websites like http://www.realphonelookup.com/whosenumberis/ can be a godsend. They allow you to see where the number calling you is registered. If it’s your friend from down the road, pick up. If it’s a call centre half the world away, unplug the thing as fast as you can.
Use separate contact details
Have two separate sets of contact details. Use one for friends, family and trusted companies, keeping the other free for those times you have to give out an email or phone number. Your second set of details can even have a fake number or email address, just to make sure that no spam ever makes it to your front door.
This can be a great way of cutting a lot of spam out of your life although naturally you should be careful not to mix the two up. The worst possible outcome would be sending you doctor’s emails to the recycling bin.
Join a register
There are plenty of registers for phone numbers, emails and addresses that keep you off the contact list of companies. Do some research and ask around before joining the one that promises to keep the most at bay. These services can be great, and they should be free, so be wary of being asked to pay for them. Always check with Ofcom before signing up for a service like this.