Oklahoma Attorney General - www.oag.ok.gov
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Fighting Unsolicited Commercial Email


The most successful method of fighting spam is to avoid it in the first place. Below are some techniques to minimize junk email.

How to avoid junk email.

Try not to display your email address in public. That includes newsgroup postings, chat rooms, websites or in an online service's membership directory. You may want to opt out of member directories for your online services.

Check the privacy policy when you submit your address to a website. See if it allows the company to sell your address. You may want to opt out of this provision.

Try not to display your email address in public. That includes newsgroup postings, chat rooms, websites or in an online service's membership directory. You may want to opt out of member directories for your online services.

Check the privacy policy when you submit your address to a website. See if it allows the company to sell your address. You may want to opt out of this provision,

Read and understand the entire form before you transmit personal information through a website. Some websites allow you to opt out of receiving email from their "partners" - but you may have to uncheck a preselected box if you want to opt out .

Decide if you want to use multiple email addresses - one for personal messages and others for newsgroups and chat rooms. You also might consider using a disposable email address service that creates a separate email address that forwards to your permanent account. If one of the disposable addresses begins to receive junk email, you can shut it off without affecting your permanent address.

Use a unique email address. Your choice of email addresses may affect the amount of junk email you receive. Junk emailers use "dictionary attacks" to sort through possible name combinations at large ISPs or email services, hoping to find a valid address. Thus, a common name such as jdoe may get more junk email than a more unique name like jd51x02oe. Of course, there is a downside - it's harder to remember an unusual email address.

Use an email filter. Check your email account to see if it provides a tool to filter out potential junk email or a way to channel junk email into a bulk email folder. You might want to consider these options when you're choosing which Internet Service Provider (ISP) to use.

Don’t list your email address directly on a Web page, even your own. Use an alias or a secondary account that you can delete later if necessary.

Avoid responding to junk email, even if you are asking to be "removed" from a mailing list. Responding can increase the amount of junk email email you receive because junk emailers know your address is active.

Oklahoma’s Unsolicited Commercial Email law provides an avenue for citizens and ISPs victimized by spammers to take them to court.

To learn more, read > Oklahoma’s UCE law



For more information about fighting spam, try these websites:
FTC.gov
Spam.Abuse.net
Spamhaus.org

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