5 tips to help you fight spam

“If spammers don’t know your address exists, they cannot use it.”

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to eliminate spam entirely, but there are things you can do to reduce it. In this article I have listed some tips and suggestions that can help you win the fight against spam.

Don’t share your email address

Only share your address with people and organizations that you know and trust. If spammers don’t know your address exists, they cannot use it. Never publish it on the internet, and don’t use it to sign up for services, newsletters or social media.

If you need to show your address, for example on your website, it’s a good idea to disguise it. You do this by replacing symbols with letters, like this: “support AT one DOT com.” People can interpret the address, but email crawlers won’t recognize it.

Another way to disguise your email is by making an image of your email address, and including this on your site.

Activate Domain privacy

When we register a domain name on behalf of our customers, we are obliged to add the registrant details to the WHOIS database. This is a requirement from ICANN, the organization who manages the internet.

The WHOIS database is a public directory where you can look up “who is” responsible for a domain or IP address. Unfortunately, this means it is also accessible to spammers who can mine it for data, even though this is forbidden.

Spammers use this data to send targeted offers via email. For example, emails offering services for SEO optimization or warning you about expiration.

To prevent your contact details from being listed in the future, we recommend activating Domain Privacy. It’s most effective when you add it while ordering because then your details will never be made public, but you can also activate it later from the control panel.

Use a disposable email on the internet

There will be situations where you need to enter an email address, for example, to sign up for a newsletter or service. In those situations, it’s a good idea to use a disposable address, and not your primary email.

You can create an email alias that forwards all emails to your primary account. On your primary account, you then create a filter that automatically moves all emails addressed to your alias, to a specific folder, for example, Newsletters.

If you start receiving too much spam, you can just delete the alias. At One.com you can create as many email accounts and aliases as you like, so you will never run out.

Enable Antivirus from the control panel

You can enable antivirus filtering for your email address from the One.com control panel. Our filters will then move suspicious emails to the spam folder.

Tip: Make sure to regularly check your spam folder for any legitimate emails that are mistakenly marked as spam.

Block a sender or create filters in Webmail

If spam has infiltrated your inbox, instead of just deleting it, you can block senders or create filters to make sure it doesn’t end up in your inbox again. If you block a sender, all emails sent from this address will go directly to your spam folder.

You can also block emails from a whole domain, and not only a specific address. You do this by creating a filter, where you move mails from a domain to your spam folder.

Tip: Never reply to a spam message and never try to unsubscribe. Doing this would let the spammer know that the email address is active, and will only result in more spam.