The Battle Against Spam

Spam emailsLet us take a quick look at the prevalence of spam as explained by Scott McAdams, OMA Public Affairs and Communications Department (www.oma.org):

“Researches show unwanted or “junk” e-mail, called spam, represent approximately half of all e-mail messages received. Although it was previously perceived as nothing more than a nuisance, the prevalence of spam has reached a point where numerous users have started to express doubt about the efficiency of e-mail transmissions, and increased concerns regarding the circulation and spread of computer viruses through unwanted messages.”

In 2003, President Bush authorized the bill known as “Can Spam,” in December of 2003, which is the very first nationwide standards that focus on bulk unsolicited business e-mail. The Senate, which voted 97 to 0, approved the bill that, bans senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail from making use of false return addresses to camouflage their identification (spoofing) and using dictionaries to produce such mailers. Additionally, it forbids the use of misguiding subject lines and mandates emails to have an opt-out option. The regulations likewise prohibit senders from harvesting addresses off websites. Those who violate these rules will be charged with misdemeanor and could be imprisoned for 1 year.

One major factor that needs to be reviewed concerning this: spam is now originating from various other countries in ever-greater numbers. These e-mails are harder to combat, since they originate from outside our nation’s laws and policies. Due to the fact that the Internet opens boundaries and also thinks globally, these legislations are good but they fail to address the problem.

So, what is your opinion? Here are the five key tips to protect yourself from spam.

Number 1: Do everything you can to prevent your email address from getting overly exposed on the internet.

You should also be know that “spam spiders” exist. They scour the internet for e-mail addresses to spam. You can try searching the term online and you will be surprised at the results that you’ll get. Meanwhile, a website called WebPoison.org has dedicated itself to eliminating internet “spambots” and “spam spiders” by giving out fake HTML websites that produce bogus e-mail addresses.

A few suggestions for you:

  1. Use form e-mails that can conceal addresses.
  2. Use addresses like sales@company.com instead of your complete address to help combat the growing spam problem.
  3. There are applications that encrypt your email, like jsGuard, which hides your email address on the website to ensure that it will be hard to read even if spam spiders successfully finds it.

Number 2: Use spam blocking software like www.cloudmark.com or www.mailwasher.net. You can choose from a lot of options including pro versions. Be sure to get the software because it will save you time. Although the application is not foolproof, they really do help. You normally have to do some hand-operated set up to block specific kinds of email. Do not hesitate to ask the help of computer professionals in case you have no idea what to do.

Number 3: Utilize several email address if possible.

There are several free email addresses that you can choose from. In case you need to sign up for a free newsletter, be sure to have a back up email address. You can look at it like giving your phone number to a close friend and your business number to other acquaintances.

Number 4: File attachments on emails from people you’re not familiar with are BAD, BAD, BAD.

One of the most common problems whenever we talk about spam is that they usually come with attachments, which could have viruses. Corporations usually have filters that prevent such emails from reaching you. Always remember that you should never open the attachment if you do not know the email sender. You should also search for services that offer filtering, which are commonly provided by firewall vendors.

Number 5: Email solutions currently have “bulk-mail” baskets. In case the one you are using now does not support this, then you might need to consider finding a new vendor. The idea is simple. People you know can free send you emails. However, those that you do not know will be placed in the bulk email pile where you can “choose” to permit them into your circle. This concept is similar to Spam Blocking but looking into other more effective alternatives is highly recommended.

 

PcRx Computers is dedicated to protecting your identity on the web. Call us now and we’ll gladly help you set up measures against spam, viruses, and identity theft.

 

PcRx Computers

408 Main Street

Conway, SC 29526

843-488-4100

http://www.pcrxcomputers.com

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