> My email box is loaded with "Returned and Undelivarable Messages" using my
> email address as the sender. Some are in foreign languages. How can I
> prevent someone from using my emaill address to send out mass spam email?
> My anti-virus and spyware programs do not seem to help.
You can't. A spammer might have gotten your address because your email
address is in a friend's addressbook on the friend's infected computer. Or
you might have clicked on a spam message (sending an "unsubscribe" message
to a spammer just lets them know they have a live email address). Or you
may have given your email address to a company without a good privacy
computer might even be infected and now the spammers have your address.
All you can do is:
1. Make sure your computer is virus/malware-free so you know you're not
guilty of sending spam.
2. Get rid of that email address and be more judicious about giving out a
new one. Use a "throwaway" free email account for junk.
3. Use spam filtering, both at the web server and at your email client if
you use one. You don't usually have any control over the spam filtering
done on your web server except to turn it on and possibly have white/black
Here are some links to help you understand spam and what you can do to limit
your exposure to it:
General Internet security links that are aimed at end users - use their
Search capability to look for articles on those sites about spam since
there are many useful ones:
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