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Spam Protection E-mails

Posted By On December 29, 2006 @ 2:45 PM In E-Mail Help | No Comments

Q:
Sometimes when I send an e-mail out, I get some sort of spam verification e-mail in return. It tells me to verify my e-mail address for the recipient, but why do I have to do that? Please explain!

A:
That’s a great question. This type of thing is becoming more and more popular with e-mail users every day. If you’ve never come across it or if you haven’t signed up for one yet, you probably will in the near, near future. Okay, so this is basically what happens. You find an e-mail that you really want to send to some of your friends, co-workers, acquaintances or whoever. You do that and everything seems to have gone through just fine. Then five minutes later, you check your e-mail again and you see some sort of verification e-mail from one of the people you sent the e-mail to.

This just means that recipient has a spam protection program covering their e-mails and they want to verify that they really know you. They basically just want to cut down on the spam e-mail they are getting and they are able to do that with the e-mail verification program.

So, what will this e-mail look like? Well, these can come from various providers and they all look a little different. They all say pretty much the same thing though. There are tons of these types of programs available, but some of the more popular ones are ZoneAlarm, Spam Arrest and SpamCop. No matter which one you may use, they all work in a similar way.

When you receive this e-mail, you will see something like “Thank you for sending me your e-mail” and it will probably list the subject heading you used. It will also, more than likely, list the date you sent the e-mail on. It will then go on to say something similar to “In an effort to eliminate junk mail, I am using (whichever program they’re using). It has placed your e-mail on hold.” It will then ask you to click on the link they have provided to add your e-mail address to the recipient’s “Allowed People” list, in order for the e-mail to go through successfully.

Once you click on the link, you may have to enter in your e-mail address or it may just accept it immediately. It will then say something like “E-mail verification complete. Thank you.” You will only have to do the verification once, so don’t think you’ll have to go through the process every time you send an e-mail to that person. When you’re done with all of that, you will be able to send e-mails to that person in the future with absolutely no trouble whatsoever.

So, do you think you’re now interested in joining the forces to protect yourself against all the spam e-mail that pesters all of us everyday? If you are, you can sign yourself up for one of these programs too. As I said earlier, there are several different ones available, but they all pretty much do the same thing. Keep in mind though that some of them require a fee. A lot of them also have a trial period you can use beforehand to just check it out. You can then decide if you want to pay the money to keep it or not.

If you’re interested in signing up, you can find tons of them online. Just do a search in your favorite search engine and follow their directions. Even if you don’t want to use one, you now know what these types of e-mails are when you get them in your Inbox. Either way, it’s good to know there are ways you can go about keeping the e-mail world safe, don’t you think?!

~ Erin


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