Email is not only a way to quickly communicate information and share digital files but it also is a happy hunting ground for marketing organizations and spammers looking break into your device. Their objective is simple – extract personal information one way or the other. They do it by using different techniques, including malicious phishing attempts. Yes, most of the Email service providers categorize emails as inbox, junk, spam, etc. but that isn’t enough because, at the end of the day, it depends on how careful you are about avoiding spams.
Let’s have a look at 5 effective ways to protect yourself from Spam in 2019.
1. Never Reveal Your Email Address Publically
Spammers keep looking for new email addresses to expand their list of automated-email recipients whom they are looking to trick. Social media is where they collect most of the emails from. Getting up every morning with scores of spam emails frustrates everyone. Stop sharing your email address publically to avoid this situation. Stopping spammers from sending emails is the best way to prevent whatever malicious content they share.
2. Be Careful of Spoofed and Odd Email Addresses and Subject Lines
The most effective solution is not to open an email from an address you don’t recognize. Even if you open such an email, NEVER EVER click the links or Action Buttons because this could initiate an automatic file executer.
Spammers have become smarter over the years; in fact, they always have been smart. These days they avoid using numbers and anything that triggers suspicion. They generally come up with simple and familiar names to grab your attention, for instance, email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org
Different Greek and Latin characters and symbols often replace the original English letter but still look similar. This is the technique spammers use to create an identical email address that resembles the one you are familiar with.
It is essential to pay close attention to the characters and double-check before you open the email.
Besides, it is easy to come up with an apparently legitimate-looking company address, thanks to GoDaddy and other service providers. The prices are comparatively less, and you are free to use any extension you like, for instance, email@example.com
IQ Options is a popular trading platform, but spammers can trick you simply by erasing‘s’ from the original extension. If you don’t focus, you’ll probably take it as the legitimate email from IQ Options.
3. NEVER Open Embedded Links or Attachments
Spammers are expert at binding phishing files with documents or images. As soon as you open such file, the .exe file will start working at the backend. Don’t forget that modern-day phishing files are mostly either a keylogger or a small spy/monitoring tool.
Opening an unknown link redirects you to a fake page that is identical to something legitimate. The page asks you to register or login by using your username and password, and this is the most common hacking attempt that newbies try on their victim.
4. Don’t Trust Quick Money Making Offers
This is perhaps the most frequently used trick these days. Spammers come up with fake online-income-generating systems and the content of the tricks you into believing whatever it claims – $1000/day from home, etc.
Most of such emails come from Survey sites and you MUST NOT trust any of these. Even if a survey site is legitimate and pays from $2 to $5 a survey, it is not worth your time an effort.
- Filling a survey requires at least 15 to 20 minutes and you only get no more than $2
- Before sharing your opinion, you have to fill a large form giving your personal information including email address, gender, age, location, even phone number, and postal address
Behind the Curtains!
Spammers are basically extracting your personal information by paying you too little (in most of the cases they don’t even pay because you never reach the minimum withdrawal amount). Advertising agencies are after reliable personal information of the internet users and these spammers are selling your information, not once but over and over again to different agencies. They basically build a database which they keep selling to whoever pays them the required money. What’s next, emails from unknown companies will flood in and even you will start receiving phone calls and text messages promoting various products and services.
5. Never Reply to a Spam Email
For whatever reason, if you open an email only to recognize it as Spam, delete it straight away and then delete it again from Deleted folder. Never believe what it reads or promises. If you try to dig in deeper, you’ll probably respond to the email and this is what the hackers want you to do. They can then trick you into downloading a certain file or program an online source.
Protect Your Device
Even if you follow all the 5 points mentioned above, you still need to secure your device and network and there is no better solution than a reliable Anti-Virus accompanied by a Spam Filtering Tool. This way, most of the suspicious emails will be highlighted and even blocked. In addition, Anti-Virus will make sure that no virus or malicious program gets installed. It will raise the red-flag as soon as you open a malicious file or link.
Before You Leave!
Email address is something you need to use when registering with any online service or platform. We love online shopping, baking, and more. In that case, try your best to use an alternative email address instead of your business or personal email address. That is the simple solution to protect your important email addresses. Only use your personal email address where you don’t have another option, for instance, when registering with your Bank’s online portal.
Beaching a device isn’t the only objective of a hacker. The world is changing and big-data is dictating its terms. Large organizations pay high to have their hand on an extensive database featuring personal information of internet users. This is why you need to make use of different reliable security tools to protect your email from spams.
What to Do About Spam
Here are a few ways to protect yourself from spam:
Don’t open it. The best thing to do about spam that makes it to your inbox is to not open it or reply in any way. Even when you click the blurb at the bottom of an email that instructs the sender not to send you any more email, that response may be considered positive by the sender.
Don’t give out personal information. Never enter any personal information into an email that requests your username, account number, or other personal information. Be suspicious. If you receive an email from your bank, and you aren’t sure it is legitimate, call the bank instead of supplying any personal information in an email.
Find the sender. Click the name of the email sender in the header and look at the address on any suspicious email. It may claim to be from Apple or your credit card company, but when the sending address is from joe.smith or someone in Liberia, you know you have a spam email.
Mark it as spam in your inbox. Report an email as spam using the spam or junk mail feature in your mail interface. The email service learns from your spam reports and slowly reduces the amount of junk mail you are sent.
Filter it out of your inbox. Set up filters in your email program to automatically trash messages from a specific person or company that frequently sends spam to you. That way, you never have to see them.
if you have any further questions or need help to clean your email from spams
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org