Spam emails have become the chief attacking tactic of cybercriminals since people were able to access the Internet.
Practically everyone is aware of what spam email is but it is useful to revisit it once again. Spam mail, also referred to as junk email, is an email that is unwanted and unexpected for the recipient.
Traditionally spam email was broadcast as one email sent out too many, many email addresses or lists.
These lists are created using a range of different ploys including purchasing lists of addresses on the black market, conducting disingenuine competition that fools entrants into sharing personal information or employing email-harvesting software.
In addition to these campaigns have evolved over time and, more recently, spammers have begun to send out more realistic emails to smaller amounts of people in order to make them seem more authentic.
It is common for emails to be sent from an email address that appears to be that of one of the senior management team.
In most cases, there will be just one character different from the actual email address.
How Serious is Spam Email?
Spam Email must be prevented from landing in your Inbox at all costs for many different reasons.
Some of the possible outcomes from interacting with the senders or clicking on any included links. They include:
- Identity theft can take place if the cybercriminal uses data harvesting trackers or similar software
- Hackers will be able to install viruses and malware onto your computer.
- You could be implicated in criminal activity as your computer may be placed on a network that harvests data for criminal reasons. This could even result in you being convicted for criminal activity.
What Should you do if you receive a Spam Email?
If you receive a spam email message the smartest thing to is to delete the message from your inbox and mark the sender as spam so your email filters will stop it from reaching your inbox in future. If order to spot these messages be on the lookout for any offer or competition that appears too good to be true.
Protecting Yourself from Spam Mail
Completely 100% eliminating spam email may not be possible but you can do a number of things to bring it down to a manageable level and implement systems that evolve and learn how to tackle certain types of email.
Anti-spam filters have the ability to become familiar with what constitutes authentic messages and how to spot spam emails that are trying to infiltrate your systems with minimal user interaction. Should a spam message break through your defenses if it can simply be flagged and the software will prevent it from coming through the next time.
You should configure a strong Internet security protection system, with phishing protection, that will reduce the chance of spam mail infiltrating your systems by ensuring these messages are filtered away from your main inbox where they can be quarantined and addressed later.
Security Software Bundles
The best way to implement anti-spam software is to opt for a bundle that includes antivirus protection.
This is important as spam messages normally include additional malware and trackers. Implementing a single bundle will make it easier to ensure the reliability of your IT system.