InGlorious Spam

One of the most widely used and possibly greatest innovations of the internet has been Email. While there are a lot of people on Facebook there is even more that use Email. Almost everyone has an email account and that is probably not going to change anytime soon. That being said, even though email is a great innovation just like everything else on the internet with the good comes the bad. And with email there is a lot of bad.

InGlorious Spam

One of the worst things about email is the fact that you get so much spam in your account. Marketers on the wrong side of the law have figured out that they can make a lot of money off of a small portion of the people who they spam by them buying products from the spam. So they will continually spam people until they get a few fish to take the bait. This only encourages them to keep up the practice and the rest of the people who use the internet have to deal with it.

Email to avoid

That being said there are sure signs that you can take a look at to make sure that you do not fall victim to one of these malicious spam attacks. Because while most spam that comes to your inbox is just trying to get you to buy something, there is plenty of spam out there that wants you to click on the wrong link that will take you to a malicious web site. This web site will then install a malicious virus or worse in your computer.

So the first thing to look out for is the message header that you get in the email. Are words misspelled or oddly placed? That is not an accident. They do this on purpose to try and avoid certain spam filter features. In the message are they trying their best to get you to click on a link but not telling you where it leads to? Again, that is another sign of them trying to do something wrong. And the last sign that you should look for is how many emails have they sent in the 24 hours. Reputable businesses will at the most send out something once a day. If they are doing more than that then it is probably spam.

Make sure that you do not contribute to the business of spam by buying anything off of it.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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