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Old 01-18-2016, 09:32 PM
 
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I don't want to get into the spam mail I recently got, but it wasn't the normal spam mail I got. I reported it to my ISP as well as blocked them. But a long time ago somehow (I think I know how) my email got hacked and emails with a link was sent to my friends emails and including myself. It still happens. A while back a friend of mine called me from Texas to ask if I sent him an email which I didn't. Changing my password is not going to help as someone mentioned to me. So how can I get away from getting spam or is there such a thing~? Should I change my email address~?
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:20 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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"Changing my password is not going to help" couldn't be further from the truth. Change your password immediately! I keep several email accounts. One I use purely for signups on sites I don't trust and I never mix sites I do trust on that account. Examples would be Facebook, twitter, dating sites, etc. One more thing, I never use the password for that email account on sites that have my credit card info.

Depending on the sites you frequent, there is no real way to avoid spam!
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Free Spam Blocker Software from SPAMfighter - SPAMfighter

There are others like this. What do you use for your Email? Outlook? Web? Something else?
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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Depending on which email program you use, if it allows * as a wildcard character in an email address, use that in your spam blocking list. For example, if the sender's name is always different, but the @whatever is always the same, put *@*whatever*.* (or any variation of that) in your list of blocks. If your email program allows you to block spam by words in the subject line, then find a common word in these spam subjects that you know you won't get from legit emails and put that on the blocked list (me--I block anything with Viagra, the f-word that might come in strange ways, a bunch of other things, too ... for that f-word my blocked list has it as f*k, so it doesn't matter how a spammer wants to spell it).
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"or that f-word my blocked list has it as f*k, so it doesn't matter how a spammer wants to spell it)."

Guess you aren't into folk art?
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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"Changing my password is not going to help" couldn't be further from the truth. Change your password immediately! I keep several email accounts. One I use purely for signups on sites I don't trust and I never mix sites I do trust on that account. Examples would be Facebook, twitter, dating sites, etc. One more thing, I never use the password for that email account on sites that have my credit card info.

Depending on the sites you frequent, there is no real way to avoid spam!

I think someone told me changing my password would help, but I never understood how it could~! I do have a few different emails, but this one my friends have and what I mostly use. I've had this email forever, except my ISP changed a few times. I do know not to trust dating sites and I don't twitter, but use Facebook but don't post personal info. Thought there would be a good answer to my post




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Free Spam Blocker Software from SPAMfighter - SPAMfighter

There are others like this. What do you use for your Email? Outlook? Web? Something else?

I use something else.




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Depending on which email program you use, if it allows * as a wildcard character in an email address, use that in your spam blocking list. For example, if the sender's name is always different, but the @whatever is always the same, put *@*whatever*.* (or any variation of that) in your list of blocks. If your email program allows you to block spam by words in the subject line, then find a common word in these spam subjects that you know you won't get from legit emails and put that on the blocked list (me--I block anything with Viagra, the f-word that might come in strange ways, a bunch of other things, too ... for that f-word my blocked list has it as f*k, so it doesn't matter how a spammer wants to spell it).


I have no idea, but I will check. I never have really noticed anything odd in the email and they all seem legit.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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"or that f-word my blocked list has it as f*k, so it doesn't matter how a spammer wants to spell it)."

Guess you aren't into folk art?
lolol nope :-)
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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I have two e-mail addresses.
One *private* one, only used for personal e-mail with family or friends.
The other one is a junk mail address which I use when you need to sign up with an e-mail address.

Address one gets about 10 e-mails a week, and never any spam.

Address two gets hundreds of spam mails a day and about 10-25 regular e-mails a day.
The SPAM ones, I never read but just *delete* them all each day.
The regular mail from stores with *offers*, I do read sometimes.

So I never read what is *in* the SPAM folder.
I do classify the rest of the mail I read and very often then send certain mails to the SPAM folder.
Others I *unsubscribe*.

Not knowing how *safe* CD is, the e-mail address for me with CD is on my junkmail address ...


So if you have a problem, create a private e-mail address and notify all your family and close friends.

Keep the old one but treat that as an *oh well* account.
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Old 01-24-2016, 08:18 AM
 
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I wonder if there's a way for the email provider to simply shut off your old email account? Then, just get a new account and give your new email address to everyone who matters?

I have a Yahoo email address as on of my email addresses, and it has an automatic spam filter. If you think an email is spam, just identify it as such and thereafter all email from that address will end up in the spam folder, the contents of which are periodically trashed, automatically.

I've had the Yahoo address seemingly forever, and I'd say that, on a 24 hour basis, I get in excess of 200 emails in my spam folder. I just delete them.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:23 PM
 
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I don't want to get into the spam mail I recently got, but it wasn't the normal spam mail I got. I reported it to my ISP as well as blocked them. But a long time ago somehow (I think I know how) my email got hacked and emails with a link was sent to my friends emails and including myself. It still happens. A while back a friend of mine called me from Texas to ask if I sent him an email which I didn't. Changing my password is not going to help as someone mentioned to me. So how can I get away from getting spam or is there such a thing~? Should I change my email address~?
If you email account is hacked changing the password will put an end to that. Use strong passwords, suggest looking into password manager like Keepass.

One thing to be aware of is just because someone got an email that says it's from you doesn't mean it's from you or was sent from your account. If your account was previously hacked and they gained access to your contacts or sent messages someone can simply spoof an email that looks like it's from you.

If you're concerned about it get a new email address and send everyone an email letting them know the old email is no longer used and that they should block it.
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