by David Hakala

Spam is “unsolicited commercial email” by most people’s definitions. There is debate over whether non-commercial unsolicited mail should be called spam, but it’s of concern mainly to the nonprofits and political organizations who don’t want to be tarred with the “spam” brush. Unrequested mail from anyone who wants your money or time is spam.

Spam is a huge problem on the Internet. Long ago, spam email passed the 50 percent mark as the largest category of traffic on email servers. Spam imposes heavy costs on ISPs as well as end users. How can you protect yourself from spam and avoid contributing to its traffic congestion?
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How Can I Avoid Losing Real Email in My Spam Folder?

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Spam filtering is a great tool, but if your ISP has set your filters too restrictively, you could miss out on real email. Fortunately, in many cases you can set your own mechanisms for identifying email as spam. Failing that, check your spam folder regularly.

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