Free Anti-spam Software: Tips for Stopping Spam for Free

By: Chad Kiser
Unsolicited email, known widely as spam, is a terrible inconvenience most Internet surfers face on a daily basis. Nowadays, its pretty easy to assume that there are more spam mails sent daily than real email messages worldwide.

Did you know that spam email could be more than just annoying? It can be downright dangerous to your financial and personal identity. Did you know that email spam is the top choice to steal information that is used today by Cyber-criminals and other organized online criminals.

How do they do this? It's quite simple really. The spam messages they send are called phishing emails. The emails often appear to be legitimate messages from companies you conduct business with. It could be your bank, your school, a credit card company or some other website.

In the message, the cyber-criminal will state that you need to verify your account information. The message you receive will most likely include a link to a website that looks like a real website. The problem is that it is not. The website they send you to is nothing more than a data-harvesting website where they attempt to get you to outright give them your bank account numbers, social security number, credit card number, website passwords and other sensitive data.

How can you prevent this from happening to you? One simple step is to use spam filtering or blocking software in your email inbox. Now we are going to talk about the options you have for downloading free spam blockers and other software that will attempt to prevent spam from appearing in your inbox for FREE.

The first option is to use Google's GMail, Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo Mail as your email client. Google, Yahoo and Microsoft spend tens of millions of dollars each year developing spam blocking technology and you benefit from it for free with your account. All three of these providers offer POP3 email functionality, which means you can download other email into your webmail and use the spam filtering software to weed out spam messages, phishing emails and other unwanted mail.

If you prefer to use a POP3 email client on your computer, such as Outlook, Eudora or Windows Mail, you may want to consider a program like SpamFighter, POPFile or SpamPal. These are just a few examples.

These programs attach onto your email client and test each email that arrives in your email box. Questionable emails are normally delegated to a spam folder and outright dangerous emails can be deleted automatically if you choose.

The software use blacklist data and other features to weedout spam emails and determine legitimate messages. Sometimes legitimate messages will be flagged as spam, but you can setup rules to prevent this from happening again.

Although today there is no perfect spam prevention or anti-spam software on the market, using the techniques outlined here will go a long way in cutting down on the number of spam messages in your inbox each day.
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