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(CNN) -- Here are a few tips that Internet experts say will help reduce unwanted e-mail.

• Do not open an e-mail message unless you know who it is from. Opening it signals that your e-mail address is active, and more spam will follow

• Do not reply to or forward junk e-mail

• Be careful about giving out your e-mail address. If possible, spell it out rather than use the @ symbol. For example: john at email dot com

• Investigate getting software to block and filter e-mail. Some are free, but you have to pay for the most sophisticated shields

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