I'm always astonished at the rubbish I receive every day in my inbox. I secretly wish a huge corporation would tackle some of the idiots who keep sending spam and sue them off the face of the earth. Or perhaps design some sort of death ray that melts their servers.
I also wonder whether anyone is stupid enough to order a male enlargement drug, apply for a job transacting money between countries, open an email regarding a loan for which they haven't applied, or an email from a bank they've never heard of.
Give me a break.
Now I've devised a way to offload a large percentage of spam that comes via the “catchall" feature of my domain email and delete it weekly.
When you own your own domain name like david-jones DOT com and get an email address with it, it will allow you to put anything in front of david-jones DOT com with an @ sign after it like david@david-jones DOT com.
I've set up half a dozen prefixes like info@, help@, robin@ and so on and they are directed to my desktop email client. All the rest of the email coming to my domain is redirected to a free email account like Hotmail (There are hundreds you can use). When the mail arrives at the email account I have it redirected into a folder with my company name, Desertwave. Most hosting accounts let you set up your email aliases, as they are called, simply and quickly.
Once per week I open the email account, have a quick look to see if any legitimate email has ended up there, select all and then delete and it's gone. It means I don't have to waste time on spam every day and it takes me five minutes to open the account, check and delete the spam once per week. This is not the solution I'd like to see, but it certainly makes my life easier and has almost eliminated spam in my working email.
If you've found a better way, let us all know about it as it's driving us crazy.
Robin Henry is an educator, human resources specialist and Internet entrepreneur who writes articles about a wide range of topics. He comes from Alice Springs in Central Australia but is currently temporarily residing at Al Ain, near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Further information is available at http://www.dwave.com.au/email.html