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E12: Preventing junk email

QUESTION: I don’t want to receive junk e-mail. How can I prevent it from clogging my inbox?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, it is as difficult to limit junk mail in your e-mail inbox as it is to limit junk mail in your “snail mail” box. But, here is a suggestion: I have two e-mail addresses. I give one e-mail address when I shop online and to other merchants assuming that they will send me junk e-mail. I give another e-mail address to friends only. The result is that most junk e-mail arrives in my shopping e-mail inbox and, for the most part, only friends write to me at my preferred account.