Monday, 24 November 2014 12:37

Data Security and Computer Treat Awareness Alert: How To Stop Spam

Written by Duane Lansdowne
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How to avoid spam.

Here are 10 things you most know to avoid spam.


Use Email filtering software at your email gateway

You should run email filtering software at the email gateway to protect your business from spam as well as email-borne spyware, viruses and worms.

Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email.

By making a purchase, you are funding future spam. Spammers may add your email address to lists to sell to other spammers, so that you receive even more junk email. Worse still, you could be victim of a fraud.

If you do not know the sender of an unsolicited email, delete it

Most spam is just a nuisance, but sometimes it can contain malware that damages or compromises the computer when email is opened.

Donít use the preview mode in your email viewer

Many spammers can track when a message is viewed, even if you donít click on the email. The preview setting effectively opens the email and lets spammers know that you receive their message. When you check your email, try to decide whether a message is spam on the basis of the subject line only.

Donít overexpose your email address

How much online exposure you give your email address is the biggest factor in how much spam you receive. Here are some bad habits that expose your email address to spammers

  • Posting your email address in plain text on website
  • Posting to mailing lists that are archived online
  • Submitting your address to online services with questionable privacy practices
  • Exposing your address publicly on social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Using an easily guessable address based on first name, last name and company
  • Not keeping your work and personal email separate

Use the bcc field if you email people at once

The bcc or blind carbon copy field hides the list of recipients from other users. If you put the address in the To field, spammers may harvest them and add them to the mailing lists.

Use one or two email addresses

If you fill out web registration forms or surveys on sites from which you donít want further information, use a secondary email address. This protects your main address from spam.

Never publish your email address on the Internet

Donít publish your email address on websites, newsgroup lists or other online public forms. Spammers use programs that surf the Internet to find addresses in such places.

Only give your address to people you trust

Give your main email address only to friends and colleagues.

Opt out further information or offers

When you fill out forms on websites, look for the checkbox that lets you choose whether to accept further information or offers. Check or uncheck the box as appropriate.

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