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Enable filters on your email programs

Most internet service providers (ISPs) and email providers offer spam filters; however, depending on the level you set, you may end up blocking emails you want. It’s a good idea to occasionally check your junk folder to ensure the filters are working properly.

Stay away from spam

Spam campaigns are one of the most popular methods of attack among cybercriminals. The process involves sending out thousands of emails, usually from a phony source, with a fake promotion or offer in the subject line and body. The goal is to trick you into opening the spam email and clicking through to the alleged […]

Report messages as spam

Most email clients offer an option to report a message as spam or junk. If your email client has that option, take advantage of it. Reporting messages as spam or junk helps to train the mail filter so that the messages aren’t delivered to your inbox. However, check your junk or spam folders occasionally to […]

Consider making your Instagram account private

Instagram is a popular social network. As such, it is home to a lot of spam and scams, in the form of messages and comments meant to lure you into a phishing scheme. You can minimize your exposure to harm by making your account private. That makes it so that people (or bots) can only […]

Use email filters and spam tagging

Many email programs offer filtering capabilities that allow you to block certain addresses or to allow only email from addresses on your contact list. Many ISPs also offer spam tagging services that allow the user the option to review suspected spam messages before they are deleted. Spam tagging can be useful in conjunction with filtering […]

What is spam?

Spam is the electronic version of “junk mail.” The term spam refers to unsolicited, often unwanted, email messages. Spam email is a common and frustrating side effect to having an email account. Spam does not necessarily contain viruses—valid messages from legitimate sources may also fall into this category.