The Web portal said that as a way to protect their personal Yahoo Mail address from spammers, subscription e-mail customers will be able to set up dummy e-mail addresses for use when entering personal information at Web sites.
For example, if a subscriber wants to register for a book club, he or she can do so using a different Yahoo e-mail address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Any message sent to the fake address is sent to the user's primary e-mail account, but if the user notices lots of spam, Web parlance for unsolicited bulk e-mail, he or she can delete the address.
Yahoo also said it will offer an improved spam guard for its subscription e-mail service. Yahoo Mail Plus costs $29.99 a year for more features and more e-mail storage than its free version. The company launched an antispam resource center for all of its e-mail customers.
Spam has become a massive problem for Internet access providers, corporations and e-mail providers. The companies are forced to spend heavily on resources to prevent unwanted solicitations from clogging in-boxes and choking their services.
But consumers are the biggest victims of spam, and many e-mail providers, including Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and America Online have waged a public war against the phenomenon. AOL has won lawsuits against accused spammers and.
At the same time, spam-filtering efforts have backfired on occasion. AOL has accidentallyfor mistakenly identifying their e-mails as spam.