What do you know about spam mail? And are you protecting your business sufficiently?

Spam is digital junk mail, mainly being emails you didn’t ask for or want to receive.

The Oxford Dictionary definition of spam is: “Irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.”

It can be annoying and in more recent years, this annoyance is increased by the most dangerous angle of Phishing, where scammers are trying to access your personal information, using Emails Spam is annoying, but it’s harmless. Phishing emails are slightly different and more dangerous, trying to trick you into revealing personal information. That’s a topic of another blog!

How do you get Spam email in the first place?

You may have entered a competition online, to enter you email into a website, by this, you have agreed to receive information. Sometimes sadly this information is sold to scammers, though most reputable business will not sell on your details.

Scammers are getting cleverer and cleverer and will try to second guess your email and send a blanket email to all.

BT have put together  some great tips on what you can do to make your email safe from spam.

Here are  7 tips to consider.

1: Before you sign up to any website, check all the terms and conditions. You may unwittingly be opting into marketing emails. There’s normally a tick box inviting you to opt in or opt out.

2: If you want to stop receiving a marketing email look for an ‘unsubscribe’ option at the bottom of the message.

3: You may get spam email from services or websites you no longer use or don’t remember signing up to: if so, you can delete your account. http://justdelete.meprovides useful information on how to close many popular accounts.

4: Never reply to a spam email. Very often spammers guess email addresses, so replying confirms you are a real person. Instead, block the email and/or address.

5: If you get any suspicious email, don’t click any links – they could be phishing scams to get your personal data.  If you click suspicious links change your password as soon as possible.

6: Create an alternative email address for signing up to websites and services.

7: Regularly change your password and use security software.

So stay safe online! If we can help securing your website too, please enquire about our web maintenance packages we have available.