Here is a list of things you can do to help prevent receiving spam in the first place:
- Use Specific Email Addresses: Do not use a catchall email account on your domain(s). Only list aliases and POP accounts that you actually use. This stops the frequent spams that fire off emails to a list of names on a domain.
- Avoid Clicking on Spam Links: Never, ever, click on any links in any spam, especially not to "unsubscribe." Clicking on links in spam emails only confirms to the spammer that they have a "live" address.
- Read Emails in Plain Text: Configure your email client to read incoming emails in plain-text, not HTML. HTML spam emails often contain links to graphics and scripts on spammers' sites, which can confirm your email address. If you are using Outlook XP or 2003, you can disable HTML viewing; instructions are given here: https://www.outlook-tips.net/howto/plain_text.htm