This article was updated by TechSoup Web Content Developer Carlos Bergfeld in August 2011.
Face it, your inbox is infested with spam. Worldwide, 77.8 percent of emails received in July 2011 were spam, according to the Symantec Intelligence Report. That means nearly 8 out of every 10 emails, on average, are junk. And it's not like you asked for all of these messages. Or did you? Whether you realize it or not, your behavior online plays a big role in who has access to your email address — and that includes spammers.
Even more important, spam emails are a major vector for malware and phishing. One in 281 emails contain malware and one in 319 emails were phishing, according to Symantec in its most recent report. That means opening spam can infect your organization's systems with viruses or send out your organization's sensitive information to malicious parties. Either of those scenarios can cause a lot more pain and suffering than an inbox full of junk mail.
Regardless, you're probably frustrated by unwanted mail and want to do something about it. Rest assured that there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of junk flooding your inbox and prevent malicious intrusions on your computers and data.
We asked TechSoup Community members for their expert advice on ways to drastically reduce the amount of spam ambushing your inbox. Here's what they suggested.
The following TechSoup readers contributed tips: Sunah Caroline Cherwin, Don Cameron, Alex Martin, and Lisa LaTorre. TechSoup Community hosts William Rodina, Jayne Cravens, Robert L. Weiner, and Christian Nielsen also made suggestions.
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