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Chapter 17. Using Information Filters > Install E-Mail Filters

Install E-Mail Filters

For many people, e-mail is the major source of information overload and frustration in their daily lives. So just by limiting junk e-mail—spam—and better managing the e-mail you have to accept, you will go a long way toward easing e-mail overload. This important topic is covered in depth in Part IV, Managing Messaging Systems. But here are two quick examples:

Put the Spaminator on the case. Most e-mail programs today offer a spam filter, whether it is called the Spaminator or something similar. Turning it on is usually as simple as checking a box on your Internet home page. For help, (1) call your Internet service provider, (2) ask a friend or colleague with the same program, or (3) click on the Help button in your e-mail program. If your e-mail program does not offer this option, or you want a more high-powered filter, many are available for download from other online sources. See Part IV.

Do not give yourself away. In the same way (multiplied millions— maybe billions—of times) that your contact information is sold to other mailing lists for the paper catalogs and junk mail that clog your mailbox, your e-mail address is passed to countless dot-coms in cyberspace. Think carefully before you automatically fill in your e-mail address every time it is requested on the Web.


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