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What is spam?

There are many ways to avoid becoming a victim of Spam messages. One important thing we should remind ourselves of is exercise care when opening our emails. The term Spam in internet slang referring to Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) or Unsolicited Bulk Email (UBE). Persons refer to this kind of mail as junk email to equate it with paper junk mail received through the Post.

Unsolicited email is usually sent out in large quantities to users for the purposes of advertising, phishing and spreading malware. Be mindful that reputable marketers do not usually use UCE to advertise their products and services. Email is one of the easiest and most common ways we have of transferring information and share data with others. We must think twice about opening unsolicited emails as it is common to receive emails that contain malicious attachments.

Some of the ways that spammers use in acquiring your email addresses are: scanning the web, scanning bulletin boards, going into chat rooms and Usenet news. Your behavior online contributes to the Spam messages that you receive.

Here are some tips to reduce Spam:

  • Maintain at least two email addresses.
  • Use your private email address for personal correspondence only.
  • Never give out your private address because spammers are always lurking on the internet constantly seeking available email addresses to send spam email to.
  • Posting your email address allows others to send spam emails to you or to hack your account if you used a weak password.
  • Only use your public email address to register on public forums, chat rooms or to subscribe to mailing lists.
  • Do not reply to Spam messages. Almost all Spam messages are malicious emails sent by unknown sources.
  • Download Spam Filtering Tools and antivirus software. These tools are able to scan emails that you receive for malware.
  • Always review the privacy terms on sites before registering. Ensure that who you are signing up with will not give away your email address to a third party who might sell it for money.