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Secondary email addresses 'help avoid spam'

Recent research has highlighted the steps web users are going to stop spam email, with a quarter of people giving companies fake email addresses in a bid to cut down on unwanted mail.

A study conducted on behalf of the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group highlighted that web users under 35 are the savviest when it comes to hiding their emails or giving out an alternative address.

It was also noted that the majority of people use internet security measures such as a filter to avoid being the recipient of spam.

However, a worrying 21 per cent of respondents said that they take no action to prevent receiving spam emails.

Earlier this month, web users were warned to be wary of spam emails relating to death of late music legend Michael Jackson, while recent reports suggest that many computers are being infected as a result of viruses caused by spam emails about the latest Harry Potter movie release.

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