What can I do to keep from getting added to mailing lists?

The best way to prevent getting spam or getting added to mailing lists is to keep your e-mail address private. Trusting your e-mail address to close friends and family will usually not result in spam. Placing your e-mail address in “Address Areas” of Internet programs, online submission forms or anywhere in a public forum such as one or more newsgroups however, is practically a guarantee that your address will be placed on a list somewhere. “Munged” addresses or disguised addresses ( Abuse at Red Shift dot Com) that appear to be immune from automated address collecting “Bots” are usually added to the list manually by the spammer.