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Blocking Unwanted Photographs From Your Mails and Social Network Sites

08 June, 2014

Source: Daily Trust

 
ANALYSIS

Spam has become a constant fixture in our online lives. While it's easy to gloss over spam in your inbox, accidentally clicking a spam link can lead to virus infection and identity theft. Take the fight to the spammers by actively blocking the spam that you receive, as well as preventing future spam.

Your inbox will thank you. Facebook has become one of the fastest growing sources of spams. From many people who send unsolicited messages ranging from reasonable to unreasonable garbage, from invites to events, 3000 miles away, it is rather becoming a waste of time. Hence, we need to ensure that our e-mails and social networking sites are safe. How can we achieve that? What are the steps involved?

Check who it's from. Spam will almost always come from an unrecognized sender, often with odd email addresses. That doesn't mean that all unrecognized email is spam. Legitimate newsletters, website administration emails (password resets, authentication requests, etc.), and more may come from addresses you don't recognize.

Look for links. Only click links from trusted senders. The entire purpose of spam is to get you to click a link. If an email contains a link and you don't recognize the sender, chances are it is spam. Hover your mouse over any link to see the destination in your browser or email client's status bar

Check the spelling. Spam often contains misspellings and oddly-worded sentences. This can include bizarre capitalization and weird punctuation. Many have gibberish at the end of the message.

Read the message. Anything that claims you are a winner for a contest you never entered, offers you access to unclaimed money, or promises free electronics or pills is ever legitimate. Any message that asks for your password is never real (all legitimate websites have automated password reset programs). Requests from strangers should always be ignored.

Many email services have a preview window, which will allow you to read an email message without opening it.

1. Don't make your username the same as your email address. Usernames are almost always public, and it's simply a matter of figuring out the correct service to add at the end. Services such as Yahoo! Chat make this even easier, since chances are everyone using it has a @yahoo.com email address. Avoid using a chatroom that is tied to your email address.

2. Use disposable email addresses to identify and shake off sources of spam.Have one main account, and then make a separate account for different purposes (one for friends, one for entertainment sites, one for your financial websites, etc.).

- In gmail, you can add a "+" button to your email address. For example, you can signup for newsletters like JohnDoe+ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Set all those addresses to forward the mail to your main account so that you do not have to check multiple accounts.

- If you start receiving spam through one of your alternates, you can trace it to one of your disposable addresses and simply delete that account.

This brings us to the main issue: how to block unwanted photographs from your mails and social media sites.

Blocking and reporting spam in Gmail. Most spam is automatically detected and placed in your Spam folder, where it will be deleted after 30 days. If you receive a message in your inbox that you believe is spam, check the box next to it and click the "Report Spam" button in the top toolbar.

- If you do this accidentally, you can click the Undo link at the top of the page to recover it.

- As you report messages as spam, Gmail will improve its automatic filtering.

- If there is a message in your Spam folder that is a legitimate email, check it and click the "Not spam" button. Ensure that it is truly a legitimate email before doing this.

Blocking and reporting spams in Yahoo! Mail. Yahoo! has a strong spam filter and most spam messages will automatically be sent to the Spam folder. If you find a message in your inbox that you believe is spam, check the box next to it and click the "Spam" button in the upper toolbar.

- You can add senders and domains to your Blocked list, but this may only be a minor help, as spam senders often change addresses or use temporary domains.

These methods are also applicable when using social network sites. But there's a slight difference. To prevent unwanted photographs in your social network site, you can block whoever posts such indecent photographs on your timeline. First of all, you untag yourself in whatever photograph or post you are tagged in. Then you block the person who posts such. That way, you'll be preventing unwanted photos from appearing on your sites.


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