1. Be wary of giving out your email address to avoid unsolicited (also known as Spam) mail.
Often when you register for a service via the Internet you are given the
option in the small print to opt in or out of receiving marketing emails from that company,
or from business to whom they pass their mailing lists. Ensure you read
the small print carefully so that
you know whether you want to recieve such marketing emails. By rushing through a registration
process without due care, you could be allowing a company free
reign to use or distribute your email address. You should be as careful giving
out your email address as you are giving out your home telephone number.
2. If you receive any spam emails we would advise that you do not reply to them
as this can exacerbate the problem. Instead you should consider using
a filter to prevent mails reaching your Inbox, and also use the link "Report Spam". One common spamming technique, known as 'chain mailing'
is where you receive an email requesting that you forward it to a number
of your friends. This ploy allows multiple active email addresses to be
collected for the purpose of large scale spamming to those who responded
to the original chain mail.
3. If you are being spammed repeatedly we advise you to use the "Report Spam" feature in Yahoo! Mail. The most effective way to prevent spam from entering your Inbox is to use Yahoo!'s Spamguard. You can help increase Spamguard's effectiveness by sending examples of spam to Yahoo! to review. Yahoo! will use the messages you send to constantly improve the Spamguard technology.
4. Spend some time going through your options to make your Yahoo! Mail
account suitable for your needs. Filters
and POP access
for example, are popular features that can enhance your email experience.
5. Take advantage of Yahoo! Address
Book. Yahoo! Address Book and the address book found in Yahoo! Mail
use the same contact information. Therefore, you can access all
of your contact information through your Yahoo! Mail account or directly
through your Yahoo! Address Book. The address book also allows you to easily add phone numbers when sending SMS messages through Yahoo! Mail.
6. Always take care when receiving attachments. You should not open
any attachments when you do not know the sender as they may contain viruses. Always
use Yahoo!'s in-built Norton Antivirus software to check for viruses. Read
more on virus checking. When receiving attachments
always take a look at the extension name. You should be particularly vigilant
with any attachments that have the extension .exe or .vbs as these files
are programs which will automaticaly run on your computer when you double click on them.
7. Be careful when sending attachments. Do not forward attachments
unless you have had them checked for viruses. If you want to forward an attachment to a friend, you may consider placing the file in Yahoo! Briefcase
or Yahoo! Photos and then offer the
recipient the opportunity to download the file, by including a link in the
email to your Briefcase or Photos. Many companies operate firewalls that
prevent certain attachments entering their system. For this reason, using
tools like Briefcase and Photos should ensure that emails reach the desired
recipients Inbox. If you are going to send an attachment you should firstly
read our Guidelines.
8. Be aware of your computer's virus protection. If you are using
a computer at work, speak to your system administrator to discover your
company's policy on dealing with viruses and email attachments. If you are
a home user you should ensure that your computer is suitably protected from
viruses. You can search
on Yahoo! Shopping for antivirus software to protect your computer.