Spam e-mails are not only annoying, irritating and time-consuming, but they are also becoming more dangerous to you and the security of your computer. So better think twice before you decide to open e-mails from unknown senders, especially if you’re in the office using your computer where all your important files are kept. Thousands of computer users and restaurant owners are getting infected, spoofed, and tricked by spam e-mails each month, forcing them to pay huge fees for cleaning and restoring their computer POS systems back to normal.
Here are the 3 computer dangers you should keep away from:
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1. An increase in hijacked and spoofed e-mail addresses. Spammers are now using a new tool used to make it appear as though their spam e-mail is coming from YOUR own computer. This could result in having your Internet connection cut or put on hold by your Internet Service Provider(ISP) – without you even knowing it. That is why good spam blocking software will not only block inbound spam from your inbox but also unauthorized outbound spam from your serves.
2. An increase in virus-carrying spam. Accidentally opening a spam e-mail with nasty viruses attached to it can cause your computer a lot of problems. You can end up with a crashed system, identity theft problem, lost data and much more. You think that your computer has just slowed down, but it could also mean that your personal data is being collected without your knowledge and sent to a third party, either to sell, trade or use it to commit the crime.
3. Phishing spam. Also called phishing scam. The attempt to acquire sensitive information of an individual either to steal money from their bank accounts or use the money to go online shopping without the owners’ knowledge. A phishing spam e-mail sends some kind of bogus notification or warning to an individual asking for his or her online bank account, social security numbers, passwords, and credit card information. To be able to make someone believe that their spam e-mail is from a trusted website, phishing sites copy the exact same look of the authentic website.
What to do to prevent this?
First of all, install a spam blocking software as this will be your first line of defense, and make sure it’s a good one.
Many retail business owners overlook into this, so their restaurant point of sale system pays the price. Next, you better make sure you don’t get included on a spammers list in the first place. Once your e-mail gets on a spammer’s list, it will remain there forever and possibly get sent to more spammers; and changing your e-mail address can be a big hassle especially if you’re using it to stay in touch with your business contacts.
The following are some of the tips that can help you protect your e-mail from getting listed on a spammer’s list:
1. Use a disposable e-mail address.
Using a free e-mail address like with Yahoo or Gmail can reduce the chance of ending up on a spammer’s list. You can always use free e-mail accounts when you’re shopping online or even when subscribing to avoid getting your e-mail on their broadcast list.
2. Pay attention to selection boxes or tick boxes that automatically opt you in.
Make sure you don’t check the box that says “Yes! I want other companies to send me their offers.” when shopping online. There’s a big chance your e-mail address can be sold to every online advertiser.
3. Don’t post your main e-mail address in public places like your website or blog.
Spammers have special programs that can collect e-mail addresses from web sites without your permission. If you really want to publicly post your e-mail address on your web site, use “[email protected]” so all replies will be forwarded to a folder in your inbox that won’t interfere with your main address.
4. If you have a hunch that it’s a spam e-mail, then don’t open it!
Doing so serves as a signal for the spammer that your e-mail address is active, and more spam will follow.
The only time it is safe to click on the opt-out link or reply to the e-mail is when the e-mail was sent from a company you know or do business with (for example, a company that you purchase from or a newsletter you subscribed to).