A few tips for protecting, cleaning up your in box

Kent Lewis, president of EmailROI, a Portland-based bulk e-mail marketing group, has some tips for thwarting spammers.

He advises e-mail users to avoid giving out their e-mail addresses to news groups or other Web-based applications that publish the addresses online. Such sources are prime spots for spammers looking to harvest addresses for their mailing lists.

Lewis further suggests that users never hit the 'unsubscribe' button that spammers often stick at the end of their e-mails.

'That just validates that your address is active and inspires them to add your name to more lists,' he said.

Ñ Andy Giegerich

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