When you think of spam now, you don’t think about the iconic branded tin you see in the supermarkets. You will think of spam as unregulated and unwanted emails like the rest of us, receiving emails for free offers or to visit a page, giving us the chance to take out a loan or for the offer of a lifetime! Email spam is also known as junk email or unsolicited bulk email (UBE). Bulk means that the message is sent as part of a larger collection of messages, all having substantively identical content.
Clicking on links in spam emails may send users to phishing websites or sites that are hosting malware. Most email inboxes have a ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ folder, which spam emails go straight into automatically. This makes it easy for you to delete them and to ensure you don’t click on them. Try to avoid opening spam emails and clicking on links in spam messages. This could risk compromising your security and infecting your computer device with malware.
Our ninjas have provided some quick and helpful tips on how to spot email spam & how to avoid it:
- Check who the email is from – Spam will come from an unrecognised sender and look for the way they address you in the email, for instance ‘Hi valued customer.’
- Check the spelling – Spam often contains misspellings.
- Read the message – Anything that claims you are a winner of a competition you never entered is not legitimate.
- Look for attachments – Malware and viruses are often disguised as email attachments.
- Don’t give out your email address online – Robots (also known as scripts to scan websites for addresses) can gather thousands of email addresses at a time from websites.
- Never respond to spam – Replying or clicking the unsubscribe link will only generate more spam, as it shows the email address is valid.
Your Managed Service Provider should have all this taken care of. If you would like some friendly advice or you have any concerns about spam emails, feel free to get in touch with our helpful team of ninjas on 01843 572600 or firstname.lastname@example.org