I keep getting disgusting emails. I tried to have it changed but my ISP's process is so difficult I can't figure it out. Can I get a second email address? Preferably a free one because this computer is costing a fortune as it is. Would I have to report this second address to my ISP? I hate dealing with those people! I'd be so grateful for any help. I'm starting to think getting this computer was the worst mistake I ever made.
Joan from Chesapeake, VA
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You need a spam filter - Yahoo email (free) has one built in - and those emails go into bulk where you don't have to look at them! You can even mark those Nigerian scams as spam to help out others!
I have an email address through my ISP but generally do not use it. I have established a Yahoo email account that I use for virtually everything. Yahoo mail is absolutely free. I use this mail for all sign ups and anywhere online that asks for an email address. Since it is free, if I start getting disgusting emails and spam, I simply create another Yahoo email account and use it instead and get rid of the account that is getting all the nasty email. Hope this helps!
You can get a gmail account from Google for free too. If you have trouble, send me a message through Thriftyfun and I'll help you but you should be able to do it at google.com.
I have had a gmail and a yahoo account and I like the options for gmail a little better. It is free and you have all sorts of options for a home page and chat. I had to abandon my yahoo account because of too much spam and I had another yahoo account that would get sent the most obnoxious spam of a graphic nature. I have never used my ISP's email and they have no idea what the correct email is.
Hey, another idea that I have used is to have one email that I use for official business and friends and another that is for online survey and such. I find that the spam tends to come from stuff I do online more often. You can also have one email forward to another one during a transition.
If you use Outlook Express to read your email, you can have it filter out certain words (anything you program it to ignore), then they go straight to the deleted folder.
I have one gmail account and two yahoo accounts, one of the yahoo accounts is for doing my online Christmas shopping. I prefer gmail because it seems to filter out the spam so much better than yahoo.
Another reason to use web-based email programs is that its much safer than using outlook express. Gmail and yahoo both scan incoming emails for viruses, worms, etc. Gmail also does a good job of warning about phishing emails, ie, those fraudulent ones that seem to come from ebay or a bank but aren't.
One more thing... I have heard it said that its not a good idea to respond to the spammers in any way, shape or form. Do not use their 'unsubscribe' function either because any form of communication just shows them that your email address is valid and then they can sell it to the next spamming jerk in line.
Good luck, and if you need a gmail invite... I would suggest setting up a yahoo account first and then giving the yahoo address for the gmail invite.
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A tip. If you use gmail and you type your address as
firstname.lastname@example.org putting the name of where or what you are are signing up after the plus you will find who is doing the spamming. Gmail will not read what comes after the plus but you will see it when the mail comes.
Not sure I have made this clear but...it does work to find who is spamming you..
I know just how you feel. If I said it once, I said it a thousand times, getting this computer was a mistake, now things are so much better, I LOL it. Just don't give up. Everyone has given you good advice. I have three e-mail address. One is my ISP which I had so much trouble with. So I switch to Yahoo (The one I use), I also have have Aim, with is AOL, to get it just go to Aim.com. These are all free along with a lot more. To change or add another e-mail on your ISP, just go to you account. Sometimes you have to look and read, but before long it will get easier. One thing to remember is never open a e-mail from someone you don't know. Try this site for computer help it has helped me a lot. They have great newletters www.worldstart.com Good luck. Write back on Thrifyfun.com and let use know if you have any more questions.
I do use hotmail, and have also used yahoo. Hotmail has a setting for sorting through your mail; I have it set to "exclusive" so that only things I subscribe to such as this newsletter, and my contacts come into my inbox. I check my "junk" mail to see if there are any messages that I want to receive, and if not the rest is deleted unopened and marked as junk. Over time the amount of junk has reduced to nothing. Also, as others have said, you can have as many of these accounts as you like, and you can close them out when ever you like. They are free of charge. I have a couple of accounts for different purposes. You don't have to let anything or anybody know about these accounts.
Louise, Nipawin, Canada
I have a special 'Spam' folder where all those disgusting emails go. I do check it each day, then just delete- delete.. delete, without ever reading the email. Even the titles are disgusting enough.
It's a pity there are people around who have nothing better to do with their brains and their time than to send out this unwanted rubbish.
My Yahoo account is set on high spam filter and I still get horrible spam e-mails. Hotmail is not too bad if you set the filter on high. I haven't had too many problems. I use my ISP e-mail with outlook and can organize my e-mails, the problem with that is they never come with the same e-mail address and they still get through. Spammers are smart..they are like us and don't want all that "crud" so they know how to get around it.
With AOL I get very little spam, maybe a couple a week. I report them by forwarding to:
and to SpamCop.
Use Message Rules in Outlook Express.
Click on Tools> Message Rules> New and proceed to enter the groups, etc. It is pretty much self-explanatory, click on it and you will see what I mean. You can also list certain words in the subject and have them sent to delete box.
Set up folders for your email groups, newsletters, graphics, personal, etc. Most everything that is in the inbox is Spam then delete the whole inbox. (tip: to delete entire box quick, click on email & immediately hold down Ctrl key and click A key; this highlights all items in the inbox, then click Delete).
Works great for me!
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