What is Spam?
In principle, spam is associated with unwanted and excessive information in the e-mail area, which obtrusively covers up other meaningful messages. This form of electronic mass messages is unsolicited and usually anonymous, using fake or stolen sender addresses.
- Unwanted and unsolicited mass messages
- Often the actual sender is hidden
- Usually filtered in the e-mail inbox
Spam in your e-mail inbox
Emails which you have not requested and do not want to read, but which were sent to you anyway – this is spam. Who hasnt seen them already – fraudulent emails, commercial junk messages, donation appeals, political messages, etc. Your spam folder contains a whole collection of messages asking you to access adult content, use health products, sign up for a variety of subscriptions, etc. But not all spam messages fit into the “Unsolicited Email” category. All of these spam emails include phishing emails and emails with malicious URLs just waiting to release malware on your computer. It happens that such spam emails escape the spam filter and end up in your inbox. Maybe you simply open that email and click on a malicious link. At best, this can result in you losing personal information. In the worst case, cyber criminals may infiltrate your companys network through your home computer. Spam takes the form of unsolicited digital communications or messages, usually an email. These spam emails interfere with emails that you need to see and that are important to you. But spam is no longer just irritating, its become a full-blown security threat. How do spammers get your email? There are many ways they can do this. The easiest is to buy an email list. You can also use botnets to use command and control servers to collect and distribute email
The types and the fight against spam
The spam spectrum is diverse. Spam can be imagined as an umbrella term that covers many different types. Marketing spam is a relatively harmless spam that is annoying but not threatening and is usually filtered by the spam blocker in your email software. In addition, these emails are relatively easy to recognize, even if they should escape the spam filters. Malware Spam is the greatest evil of all spam mail variants, as they contain dangerous malware. For example, you may be asked to click on a link or download an attachment that infects your computer with malicious malware. Phishing emails are the most dangerous and effective type of spam and target your confidential information, such as financial login information, health care information, etc. These emails disguise themselves as messages from a reputable or trusted source. They then persuade you to take action by asking you to confirm certain billing details, verify purchases and the like. They get you to share information that you shouldnt and that cybercriminals can use to hack into your bank account or even your companys network. But spam is not limited to email alone. You can also come across spam in social media in the form of fake messages that clog your feed, blog comments, notifications, and more. Spam can also be the annoying Robocalls you receive on your phone. It can include text messages asking you to buy products that are supposed to change your life – the big bad world of mobile spam. But you can stop spam email with a few measures. First, you should not react to such messages. However, if you respond to a spam email, be prepared to receive more and more junk email. When you share your email account to sign up for online services or accounts, make sure you disable all other account/service options that are selected by default. For phishing emails: Do not open emails that appear to come from invalid Email IDs. Use a secondary email address to sign up for shopping services, chat rooms and the like. Also make sure that you activate the spam filter on your email account