No More Spam

Spam

In an effort to never, ever get a single bit of spam, I instituted a bit of a ridiculous solution. Here’s what I did:

I never use my real e-mail address publicly. This includes my friends and family. Nobody has it. Period.

I create a unique alias for every website/account I use. For instance, yahoo@jamesrocks.com, wachovia@jamesrocks.com, etc.

For aliases I want to send mail “from”, I create a full pop3 email account.

Since my actual email account is at GMail, I have to handle separately the spam I receive directly at that account. Luckily it seems that most spammers that brute-force mail every letter combination at GMail do not include dots (.) in the addresses. I can use this to my advantage by filtering the “deliverto:” property and auto-deleting these messages.

It’s a bit of overkill, but it gets the job done.