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Dealing with spam

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Video: Dealing with spam

As anyone who has used e-mail for any length of time knows, one of the biggest hassles and headaches of e-mail is dealing with junk mail or spam, as it's also known. In this video, I want to go over a couple of tips you can use to avoid and manage your junk mail. Now, pretty much all e-mail clients have built-in junk mail filters these days. In Mac OS X Mail, for example, you go into Mail Preferences and select Junk Mail and in here make sure you have Enable junk mail filtering checked. That creates a Junk Mail folder into which mail will automatically dump messages that determines are junk.

Dealing with spam

As anyone who has used e-mail for any length of time knows, one of the biggest hassles and headaches of e-mail is dealing with junk mail or spam, as it's also known. In this video, I want to go over a couple of tips you can use to avoid and manage your junk mail. Now, pretty much all e-mail clients have built-in junk mail filters these days. In Mac OS X Mail, for example, you go into Mail Preferences and select Junk Mail and in here make sure you have Enable junk mail filtering checked. That creates a Junk Mail folder into which mail will automatically dump messages that determines are junk.

And mail's Junk Filter is a learning filter. You can go through your spam messages and if you see one here that isn't junk, just click Not Junk. And if necessary, drag it back into a folder. I will drag it back to my Inbox. And as you continue to do this, mail will learn which sorts of messages you receive are legitimate and which sorts are often spam, and like I said, most e-mail clients have this sort of functionality built-in. Now your e-mail provider most likely has spam filters enabled as well, and probably filters out a good deal of junk messages that never make it to your Inbox.

But it's good to have your e-mail client's built-in junk filter as well, to save you from having to manually delete the messages that make it through. Now in addition to your e-mail clients junk mail filter, there are some things you can do to protect and limit your e-mail address from getting on to the address books of spammers. First of all, anytime you fill out an online form or make an online purchase, always choose the up out or uncheck offers to share your information with the seller's partners. Saying you want to receiver offers and news is basically saying, "Please send me as much junk mail as possible." For that matter, you might want to create an e-mail account just for providing to online merchants or for using anytime you need to supply an e-mail address online.

That way your friends, family and coworkers can have your real e-mail address, and you can provide your junk e-mail addresses to everyone else. If you do have to post your real e-mail address online, maybe you are participating in an online form asking for technical help, try breaking up your e-mail address into a non-standard address by spelling out the word @ or by adding words like NOJUNK and ask those replying to you to reformat your address into a proper e-mail address. Spammers have programs that constantly scam the web looking for instances of e-mail addresses. By formatting your address improperly, you can fool the programs a lot of the time.

And lastly, never, ever reply to a spam message. Don't send a message that says leave me alone and don't click links that promise to unsubscribe you from a mailing list. That just let's the spammers know you exist and have read their messages, and you'll probably be added to even more lists. So following these basic tips, coupled with your e-mail server and client's built-in spam filters, should make managing the inevitable influx of junk mail a little easier and less time-consuming.

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Computer Literacy for the Mac

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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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