What is Spam?
Ever received unwanted emails about increasing your sexual performance or being a beneficiary of a long lost relative in some African country?
This is spam ie unwanted or unsolicited email and it’s BIG business.
Why does it exist?
As mentioned above, spam is big business. If you send out 1,000,000 emails and only get a click through of 0.1% then that’s still 1,000 potential sales, or worse, malware / virus infections.
Your email address can be worth a lot of money in the wrong hands, so you should guard it with the same respect as you do your home phone number or mobile number.
If a spammer knows your email address is active and you’re likely to click on any links in the text, then they will keep bombarding you with other emails, sell your email address on to another spammer for money, or both.
You need to keep your email address safe
How Do I Do This?
There are a number of ways to reduce the amount of spam you receive
- Have a “junk email” address for list or website subscription services. You can sign up to GMAIL or Outlook.com for free and generate an email address. Only use this address for mailing lists, website subscriptions, etc. For example, I use a social@……. email address for all the sites I know that are going to try and spam me. That way I can safely ignore any emails that come to that mailbox.
- Do not click on any links in spam emails or reply to them. This shows the sender your address is active and is therefore worth big money.
- Delete an unwanted emails. Don’t know the sender? Wasn’t expecting the email? Subject not relevant? Just delete.
It’s also worthwhile making sure that your anti-virus software is up to date. If you do end up clicking on a link then you should be protected from any nasties that may be hidden out there.
Sadly, spam is here to stay and once a spammer has your email address, there’s not much you can do.
If things get too much out of hand then you’re probably best off creating a new email address and just starting again.
As always, if you need any help or advice with spam or emails then please give us a call.