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Spam messages are almost often malicious emails sent from unknown sources. These outlets may be hackers trying to gain access to their victims’ computers.
FREMONT, CA: Email, or electronic mail, is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to exchange information and data with others. It is, however, normal to receive information or emails containing malicious attachments or suspicious messages. Some email service providers filter and mark such suspicious emails with the word ‘spam’ in the subject line, signaling to the recipient that the email is either junk mail or an unsolicited email with questionable content sent to many recipients. As users click on links in spam emails, they can be directed to phishing sites or sites that download malware to the victim’s device.
It is not shocking that most people have received countless spam emails in the inboxes, and one’s online activity leads to the spam they get. Here are three easy ways to defend oneself online and combat spam:
Do Not Give Out or Post the Email Address Publicly
It is important to note that everyone can easily access the internet. That means spammers are still hiding on the internet, looking for open email addresses to send spam to. Posting the email address publicly allows others to send spam emails, or worse, hack the account if one is using a weak password.
Spam Messages Should Not Be Replied To
Spam messages are almost often malicious emails sent from unknown sources. These outlets may be hackers trying to gain access to their victims’ computers. Never respond to spam messages because this informs the spammer that the email address is alive, increasing the likelihood that the email will be spammed regularly.
Download spam filtering tools and anti-virus software
Spam filtering software and anti-virus software can assist in screening emails for malware. If one receives emails that contain malware, the malicious material will be quarantined, and they will be unable to access it. This reduces the chances of the computer being infected by malware-infected emails. As a result, look for spam filtering applications and anti-virus apps that have these features to alleviate the pain of decoding email contents.