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17-6-2019 : 18:47

Here is a list of things you can do to help prevent receiving spam in the first place.


  • Do not use a catchall email account on your domain(s). This stops the frequent spammer that fires off emails to a random list of names on a domain.
  • Best not to use domain forwarders, create only that one mailbox you think you might need, see point above.
  • Don't reply 'automatic' to emails when you have used a forwarder, it might show all your email addresses used.
  • Obfuscate your email addresses on your website, i.e. replace them with Java Script "trick" email addresses, or even better switch to web forms for initial contact, rather than displaying an email address.
  • Obfuscate your email address with help of an image, most spam bots will not recognise your email address then.
  • Never, ever, click on any links in any spam - especially not to "unsubscribe". All this does is confirm to the spammer that they have a "live" address.
  • Configure your client to read any incoming emails in plain-text, never html. Html spam emails contain links to graphics and scripts on spammers sites, confirming your email address.
  • If you are using Outlook XP or 2003 you can disable viewing in html, instructions are given here: Outlook Tips
  • In your cPanel, use :fail: in your default address to prevent any unsolicited email being delivered to your default email address.