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Managing Spam (Grade 7)

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Managing Spam

Tired of unwanted e-mail filling up your inbox? You can opt out of most unsolicited e-mail lists by going to the "unsubscribe" button, usually found at the bottom of the message. Some senders make the button difficult to find, so you may have to do some searching. Decrease the number of spam e-mails you receive by making it difficult for spammers to get and use your e-mail address.

1. Never reply to a spam e-mail.
2. Don't use an obvious e-mail address, such as Instead use numbers or other digits, such as
3. Use one e-mail address for close friends and family and another for everyone else. Free addresses are available from Yahoo! and Hotmail. If an address attracts too much spam, get rid of it and establish a new one.
4. Don't post your e-mail address on a public web page. Spammers use software that harvests text addresses.
5. Don't enter your address on a website before you check its privacy policy.
6. Uncheck any check boxes. These often grant the site or its partners permission to contact you.
7. Don't click on an e-mail's "unsubscribe" link unless you trust the sender. This action tells the sender you're there.
8. Never forward chain letters, petitions or virus warnings. All could be a spammer's trick to collect addresses.
9. Disable your e-mail "preview pane." This stops spam from reporting to its sender that you've received it.
10. Choose an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that filters e-mail. If you get lots of spam, your ISP may not be filtering effectively.
11. Use spam-blocking software. Web browser software often includes free filtering options. You can also purchase special software that will accomplish this task.
12. Report spam. Alert your ISP that spam is slipping through its filters. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also wants to know about "unsolicited commercial e-mail."
What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Most people have ineffective or weak passwords.
  2. The Federal Trade Commission monitors unsolicited mail.
  3. There are a number of simple ways to avoid getting spam on the computer.
  4. Spam comes from companies who want to infect computers or steal personal information.
What would make the best title for this passage?
  1. A Dozen Simple Ways to Avoid Getting Spam
  2. The Importance of Choosing the Best Internet Service Provider
  3. Creating the Strongest Possible Password to Avoid Spam
  4. Why You Should Never Hit "Unsubscribe" or "Preview Pane"
Which detail would fit best with the main idea in point #9?
  1. How spam is reported to its sender
  2. The function of "preview pane" on a computer
  3. Why spam has grown so much in recent years
  4. Where to find "preview pane" on a computer
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