8. Avoid getting tricked by scammers.
Online scammers are always coming up with new ways to try and trick you into opening your wallet, and the only way to avoid it is to recognize the signs. Most of you already know the obvious tips: don’t ever give out your password, don’t buy anything from an email you didn’t ask for, and don’t click any links from your bank or financial institution — type in the address yourself. For the more advanced, check out this list of browser tweaks that can help you out. If you’re buying or selling stuff on a site like eBay or Craigslist, you’ll need to be extra vigilant since you’re dealing directly with other people. Check out our guides to avoiding scams when buying or selling, as well as how to avoid getting duped on Craigslist.
7. Filter annoying email forwards.
Some of your spammy email may not be scammers at all, but some of your closest friends and relatives. If you’re sick of getting every joke, political rant, and cat picture that your aunt Bertha finds funny, you can set up a simple email filter to avoid them. Of course, before you go to such drastic measures, you should probably ask them to stop and explain why it’s bad etiquette, but if they won’t hear you out, this is a simple and effective solution.