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|Why was I spammed at my e-mail address?
Identifying Fraudulent "phishing" email
BEWARE OF SPAM MESSAGES
E-mail spam also called "bulk e-mail" or even "junk e-mail," is a subset of spam that involves sending similar emails in bulk to various people. A common word for spam mail is unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE). The meaning of spam usually comprises the parts wherein the email is unsolicited and sent in bulk to various people.
As we work towards being a trusted online pharmacy, we have never supported spam. We don’t believe in mailing spam messages, and we encourage you to take stringent action against spam mails beginning with an active spam filter. You can consider any one of the following spam filters:
• Google’s Postini(http://www.postini.com/postini_solutions/email_security.php)
• Cloudmark (www.cloudmark.com)
• SpamWall (www.spamwall.com)
Spam is Scam
Here are a few tips to Fight and avoid spam messages, spyware, online scams and even cookie hunters, the right way:
Follow these 10 suggestions to keep away from email trouble.
1. The first step: Most bulk email is just harmless information, probably from somebody who hopes to make a quick buck. Although there are some dangerous spammers that are constantly trying to scam you in different ways. Instead of deleting the mail, "unsubscribe".
2. Filter out the bad: The message filtering tools software will reject legitimate email from email addresses spamming you, and those emails which contain words such as "sex", "porn", or "free meds" as the mail title. You can achieve this with the help of your mail box’s spam filters. You will find these filters in the mail settings.
3. Avoid it altogether: Most Internet Service Providers come with an in-built spam blocker. If you have not availed the service of the spam blocker, visit www.brightmail.com.
4. Listings: You should consider getting your name off the major directory services unless you work is centered around internet commerce, where you are expecting more exposure to prospective business clients. Unknowingly you may have signed up at many places, and your email address might have ended up in some spam message database. Bigfoos, infospace, switchboard and other similar sites will take your listing down if you ask them to.
5. Encrypt: This may seem complex at first but you can encrypt and digitally sign all your personal emails. You can start using ReadNotify or download PGP if your software does not support these facilities. These systems always have high standards in encryption.
6. Secure your data: Encryption is a great way to not only save space, but also secure data. WinZip offers the option to password protect your archives. You can download the latest version of WinZip from www.winzip.com.
7. The cookie jar: Cookies is a convenient way for sites track your behavior online. Malicious emails are sent with a cookie which may help the sender to access your personal information! You may have already fallen prey to this before and you may not have realized that it was a spam. This can be avoided with the help of email client software such as Eudora Pro. It lets you control the automatic web browser rendering engine.
8. Cover your trail: It is best if you do not use another person's computer to check your mail. In case you are left with no other choice, always clear the history after you are done using it. This will ensure that nobody gets access your email account.
9. The work conundrum: Never use your office space or PC to engage in leisure, personal work or to send personal messages. In today’s era of modern security and data integrity, the work environment is constantly monitored.
10. Antivirus: None of us like it when it is time to pay a subscription fee, but it is imperative that you update your antivirus.
Do not leave your email logged in when your computer is unoccupied or at an unsecured desk. Leaving an email or desktop unattended at work or somewhere else (other than home) may allow strangers with access to personal information. These are a few basic Dos and Don’ts that will keep you safe and out of trouble. Follow these tips and keep your passwords safe. Update your password regularly; and you will have done all that you can to avoid getting scammed by spammers.