What Is Spam And How To Avoid Them
What Is Spam And How To Avoid Them
We receive a lot of email everyday from different companies and people. The usual office worker receives an average of 10-40 emails daily. We check our inbox and email messages and delete the unwanted ones. Sometimes our privacy can get compromised by opening, what we thought to be, a harmless email. Most people know about spam but how does it work ?
According to a report made by Commtouch, there are about “183 billion spam messages” sent daily. Spam is flooding and targeting emails with the same message, with the goal of imposing the message to it’s otherwise less enthusiastic receivers.
What is spam?
- Spam: In a shorter context, spam is sending improper and irrelevant ads or messages to a large number of emails.
- Spamming: Email spamming happens when a company or individual takes advantage of email services to send their messages repeatedly even if they are unwanted.
- Spammer: Spammers is the term used for people who do the act of spamming.
Email spam happen when spammers target individuals and send them direct emails. Email spams often happen when a company or individual uses a purchased email list. These lists are created by email list providers by stealing, harvesting and tricking people into giving their emails. Usually they search blogs, websites and forums using “bots” to find emails in the comments sections.
Mostly, the content of these spam emails include:
- Get-paid-at-home schemes. This usually starts with “Mother earns $10,000 working at home!”
- Get-rich-quick schemes.
- Just spammy ads about different products and services. Mostly male enhancement pills and what-not.
- Product endorsements. You might have read a title similar to “Man Loses 20lbs In One Week Using This Diet”, you know the drift and it usually links to shady and virus infested sites.
- Fake quasi-legal forms and services.
- Phoney “you-have-won” announcements. How could you win something you did not even join in?
- Scammers trying to get your contact information saying your have a balance in a certain bank account that needs to be withdrawn.
- A person posing as someone (usually from a bank or someone who has a high position in their government) that needs your help to claim money.
Getting viruses from spam emails
More people have learned to stay away from spam emails knowing it carries viruses. If the email ends up in the spam folder most likely the recipient will delete it right away. There is an increasing trend of spam being sent from computers with viruses. That’s why people behind these viruses and spams tend to associate with each other in order to deliver more malicious spam mails.
Sometimes, a user accidentally clicks open a spam email or link, in that moment their privacy has been compromised. These programs easily spread and conceal themselves in your computer system, infesting it. These viruses will tend to imitate your emails and generate large load of spam emails under your name to people in your email list and so it goes on. You know become the source of spam without your knowledge.
It’s important to keep your computers and email safe with an updated anti-virus software. Both Yahoo! and Google have incorporated anti-virus and anti-spam software in their systems though sometimes spam can still get through.
People don’t like receiving spam. Aside from getting massive amounts of junk daily, users become at risk with having their private information leaked. These spams have an indirect effect on a lot of people on a worldwide scale. Email services and their users must be aware of email generated spams and their effects.