· Do not give out your passwords to people. Hotmail, Windows Live, and Microsoft will never ask for your password in e-mail
sure that you have an anti-virus program installed and run it
regularly. Many spammers get a hold of passwords through viruses and
spyware. Microsoft Security Essentials offers free anti-virus protection.
· If you use Windows, turning on Windows Update will help keep your computer up-to-date and make it less vulnerable to viruses.
• Windows 7. Learn how to turn on automatic updating.
• Windows Vista. Learn how to turn on automatic updating.
• Windows XP. To learn how to turn on automatic updates, click the Start button, click Help and Support, type Windows update in the search box, and then, in the list of results, click Turn on automatic updates. Follow the instructions.
· Check to make sure that you only send messages to people who want to receive them.
the number of messages that you send to large groups of people so that
they are less likely to think your messages are unwanted mail.
the number of chain letters, e-mail jokes and other messages that you
send to help people recognize your mail as wanted and to make it more
likely that your message will be allowed past your recipients' junk mail
· Limit the number of friend invitations you send or send them only to people that know you.
· Check all the contacts in your address book to make sure that the accounts are still active.