How can I get LinkedIn to stop spamming me?

Episode 1002

Rebecca from South Pasadena, CA

Rebecca says she has friends who have joined LinkedIn and she's annoyed at all the invitations she gets. She also is annoyed that her email address was given to a third party without her consent. Leo says she could filter out the requests through GMail, but what she would really have to do is tell her friends to stop giving out her email address.

They likely won't stop doing that, so here's something she can try:

How can I make my email truly private?

Episode 991

Pat from Malibu, CA

Pat has a Hotmail account and she's concerned that Microsoft is moving her to What concerns her is that everywhere she goes online, they know her email address and they put ads in her email. Leo says that's the curse of a free email account. So Pat will have to pay for email to avoid that. What about anti spam utilities? Leo says that also will scan her email for key words to block certain messages. Pat shouldn't fear that someone is reading her mail. The NSA is reading all of our mail anyway. It's all done electronically.

How could I white list email addresses to avoid getting spam?

Episode 976

Randy from Ventura, CA

Randy would like a program for Outlook that would enable him to "white list" email addresses so he can avoid spam. Leo says that White Listing is where you approve email addresses and the rest get bounced out or quarantined. Leo says that's an effective way to avoid getting spam, but if someone wants to contact you that you haven't heard from but need to, you're out of luck. And spam filters are so effective now, that white listing is really not necessary now. Leo says using GMail, you get collective spam filtering which as really caused SPAM to drop to nearly nothing.

Why is my email not getting to the recipient?

Episode 974

Don from Palmdale, CA

Don's email isn't getting to the recipient. Leo says they could be gleaned out by spam filters. Internet service providers may use a "black hole" service to block mail from spam senders and Don could've been put on a black list. So Don needs to research this to find out if he's been placed on a blacklist. Some go so far as to block all webmail from places like Yahoo.

What are the best techniques for email marketing?

Episode 974

Tricia from Brea, CA

Tricia is in charge of researching email marketing and wants to know the best techniques. Leo says that Constant Contact is the biggest and they're very good. Mail Chimp is a good option as well.

Email marketing is a challenge because one man's treasure is another man's spam. So it's important to be very careful. Leo says that having people "double opt-in" is the best policy because it gives users twice the options to ask for newsletter updates.

Why did Yahoo block access to my email account?

Episode 966

Michael from California

Michael is frustrated because he has been blocked by Yahoo for sending a lot of email to his friends. Leo says that this is because he reached the daily sending limit. This is a policy to prevent spammers from using Yahoo. Yahoo's Help has more about daily sending limits here:

Why do my Craigslist postings keep getting flagged?

Episode 961

Doug from Temecula, CA

Doug keeps posting to Craigslist and he keeps getting flagged. Leo says that if his posts are being flagged, then someone either doesn't like him or he's putting it on the wrong section. It may also be that Doug has been put on a black list for spamming. There's no real way to overturn that.

Ways around it is to use a VPN or Tore, which will hide Doug's IP address. Craigslist has an auto robot that searches posts for spam and kills them, but Craigslist doesn't say how to avoid it.

How do I stop spam from being sent from my email accounts?

Episode 951

Gary from LaVerne, CA

Gary got a spam email message and now it's been forwarded to everyone on his contact list. He got failure notices from the message being sent to addresses that didn't exist. Leo says that it's not unusual to get failure notices where he has no control. Spammers can "spoof" the return address by using another user's email address as the return address. Nothing he can do about that, but the good news is that they'll soon move on to another email.

Do I need a spam filter for my phone?

Samsung Galaxy S III

Episode 941

Mary Jane from Melrose Park, PA

Mary Jane got a new Samsung Galaxy Note II and wants to know if she needs a spam filter for her phone. Leo says that it makes no sense to have a filter on the phone since filters need to be done at the source, from her mail provider. Also, most people have moved to web based email like Gmail with good filters that can learn, that spam is hardly an issue anymore. It benefits from a collarborative process.