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Enemy In Disguise

E-mail can quickly become an invaluable ally--or your arch enemy. Five steps help you ward off the barrage.

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This story appears in the July 1999 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

1. Just say no . . . to e-mail distribution lists, that is. When you receive an unwanted SPAM, send a brief note asking the sender to immediately remove your name from their distribution list. That also applies to friends who have added your address to their "bad joke distribution list."

2. When you receive an e-mail message, take action. If you have only a few minutes to check your messages, scan each one then save the ones you need to read closely and delete the rest. But be selective about what you save--avoid saving and printing every e-mail message you receive.

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