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How do I Choose the Best Anti-Spam Software?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 21 July 2017
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The best anti-spam software for you will typically depend a great deal on your needs, your budget, and the type of hardware you are using. You should look for product reviews for any anti-spam software you are considering, both professional reviews and customer reviews whenever possible. It can also be helpful to find websites that feature product reviews of multiple products with comparisons of the services and features offered by each product, so you can see what kinds of protection each program provides. You should also be careful to ensure you only download a program that is reputable, and download it from a website that is trustworthy.

Anti-spam software is generally designed to work with a computer and any email accounts a computer user might access. The software will scan incoming email sent to that account, looking for indicators that an email is spam. Spam emails can include bulk advertisements sent regardless of the interests of the computer user, fraudulent offers that may seek to scam people out of money, and emails that contain viruses or other malicious software. Anti-spam software can help a computer user avoid issues with spam by blocking the spam from ever reaching the user.

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As you look for anti-spam software that will be best for you, you should consider the computer and email service you typically use. You want to be sure any program you use will work with your operating system (OS) and is able to interact with your email account. Some anti-spam software will only work with certain types of email accounts, while others are more general, so you should be sure to look for any compatibility issues.

You should also consider the cost of any anti-spam software before you choose to use it. Some programs will be provided free to use for a single computer and one email address, while multiple email accounts on the same machine could require a licensed copy of the program. If you are looking for spam protection for a large company and dozens or hundreds of systems, then you will likely need to pay quite a bit for reliable protection.

Different types of anti-spam software use different criteria for eliminating spam, and you should look for one that is reliable while not eliminating legitimate emails you wish to receive. Regardless of what program you choose, you should be sure to download the program only from a reputable website. Malicious software can often be hidden in security programs, so be sure to download only from websites you trust.

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