No one is safe from email spammers. Some email clients have improved their spam filtering offerings, but malicious emails still manage to get through. Email isn’t the only thing that is vulnerable. There is even such a thing as Facebook and Twitter spam! Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep your inbox clear and your personal information secure.
Everything you sign up for asks for an email address. It’s their main method of contacting you, but instead of giving them your business or personal email address, consider using an alias. You can create disposable emails through other email clients and have them forwarded to your personal email account.
There are also email clients offering this exact service. 33mail is one of these sites. They have free package and one with an annual fee depending on your needs.
If your email client does not come with a spam filter, we suggest getting a new client that does. However, if you have no choice in the matter, you can download programs like SpamAssassin. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux OS’s.
Update your email and other services often. Don’t disregard any emails from these providers. They will communicate with you about the newest update and patches whenever they are available, so keep your eyes open or filter them into a special folder.
Keep your contact list up to date. This will ensure emails from your friends, family, and coworkers are not accidentally filed into your spam folder. Google Contacts is used on a lot of Android devices, and it allows you to make contact changes on your computer, phone, or wherever you have access to your Gmail account.
Not every email is obviously spam. Truly, if you do not recognize the email address, even if it seems to be sent from a real person, think hard before opening it. Pay attention to generic sounding subjects from unknown senders. If you do happen to open the email, do not click any of the links. Not only can those links take you to bad websites, but they can secretly download malware onto your computer.
As always, remember that trusted companies like your bank will absolutely never ask for information through email. If you are not sure about something, contact the source via telephone or visiting a real location.
Although it may not seem like it, spam is a serious issue. Email spam can lead to the spread of malicious viruses – so make sure you have antivrus software on your PC and any cell phones. Take a few moments to set up the proper security, and you can forget about spammers.
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