Protect Your E-Mail Address

If you have to post your e-mail address online, here's how to keep spammers from finding it.

Like most e-mail users, you probably get a ton of unsolicited messages, and you may be getting more and more every month. Filtering software can help you sort out the obvious spam, but it still takes time to examine all the e-mails a spam filter puts into the in-between category of "it may be spam, it may not be." (To view PC Magazines recent reviews of spam filters, go to,4149,1472754,00.asp.) Wouldnt you rather avoid some of that spam in the first place?

In a series of experiments, the Center for Democracy and Technology, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., created dozens of new e-mail addresses and then used them in various ways to see which addresses would receive the most spam.

Click here for the complete story at