“An estimated 260 billion spam emails are received per day, representing 89% of all email communications”
What Is Spam?
The term “spam” refers to unsolicited commercial email (UCE) or unrequested bulk email (UBE) on the internet. A common term used by many is junk mail. Most often, unsolicited emails contain ads for services or products, but very few reputable marketers actually use UCE to advertise.
Stats of Spam Email:
Spam email is more than just an annoyance, it’s also a good part of the internet-wide activity. An estimated 260 billion spam emails are received per day, representing 89% of all email communications.
Spam can be frustrating and can make us uncomfortable when we check our email. From time to time, everyone with an email address will have to deal with spam. It takes a bit of knowledge to know what to look for in spam and some basic understanding to keep yourself safe from being a part of those stats.
Approximately half of all emails sent worldwide are spam messages. The United States is the world’s largest source of spam email. Spam emails are declining in some countries, and this is due to increased spam protection by network providers and more strict action by criminal authorities against spam emails.
NOTE: “As a general principle, just double-check an offer, website URL or suspicious email before supplying any personal information, secure password or cash. Even the Computer Impaired Duck can help combat various types of spam email alongside these tips and some good sense. Note that, spammers will only win if you let them!”
Why do we receive spam e-mails?
Often, carelessness on the part of the user leads to the information leak that spammers and spambots need. For example, when registering for gifts, website operators are often permitted to use the e-mail address given for promotional purposes under the terms and conditions.
Several Types of Spam Email
Unwanted bulk emails are pretty annoying as they get stored in your spam folder, but mostly in the spam email ladder, they’re pretty low. Hundreds of billions of email ads are sent every day, most of them selling enhancement products, online graduation programs, bank loans, fashion deals, and medicine. These days, websites are asking you if you would like to be included in their emails but some will automatically add you to their mailing list just to sign up for their page.
- Spam is any form of unsolicited bulk messages sent indiscriminately.
- Spammers use subscription traps or ties to fast-paced schemes.
- Don’t get attracted with free product ads through mail.
This form of spam occurs when someone receives an e-mail from an authentic-looking business (usually a bank). The user is asked to provide personal information, such as account numbers or credit card details, as well as any relevant passwords. Phishing fraudsters often create websites that are linked to spam emails. These websites look like official bank websites. It will fall directly into the hands of criminals if you enter your private data.
- Financial companies do not send unsolicited advertisements with regards to schemes or offers.
- Never click on the icon to verify your details through email unless you know that the email is from a trusted source.
Email Spoofing is done using a forged address in an email. It is a trick used to make other spam email techniques seem more believable. Most spammers send messages using a ‘real’ email address that seems legit. This method of spoofing makes a fake email look like it came from a trusted source, company or organization. It builds the victim’s confidence, making them more likely to engage in any scam that is included in the email.
- Never open unknown links or upload attachments to unknown email addresses.
- Audit the email or link and see how it reacts to SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance Records) when you handle your own address.
Most spam e-mails contain malware, also known as evilware and junkware, which can then be contracted and found on your device. This category includes computer viruses, worms, trojans, and spyware. Opening any of these services, connections or ties, allows malware to enter the device. Nonetheless, most of these programs can be disabled with anti-virus or other special software.
- The trojan virus is a hidden attachment. If the user clicks on the attachment sent, the malware obtains access to use their computing data/device.
- Users receiving emails saying your computer is infected with a virus should install an antivirus programme to repair it.
- Just click and uninstall the antivirus attachments. If you don’t, your system may be infected with a virus when you install the attachment.
5. Chain Letters:
A chain letter is a message that tries to persuade the recipient to make a number of copies and pass them on to a number of recipients. We all have that irritating relative who sends us frequently repeated jokes or funny pictures. This too counts as spam despite coming from a friend or family member and can be unnecessarily annoying. The following are some reasons that spammers use chain letters in emails.
- They tell a fake story about a sick child who needs to raise money for an expensive surgery. They ask you to donate money and share the story of the child.
- You are told to enrol certain people in a program, offering you a certain amount of money for every new user you add to the chain.
- When you refuse to send the letter back to other people, you are threatened with seven years of bad luck or even physical violence and death.
The Right way to deal with spam:
- Increase the filter in your inbox, so your spam folder can filter your inbox automatically to avoid spam emails to the maximum.
- Never respond to emails suspected of being spam.
- Never reveal your data unless you are certain it is trusted mail.
- When dealing with spam, try not to open spam emails or click on links.
- Use third-party extensions to stop email spams in your inbox.
“Anti-SPAM Golden Rules”
Let’s remember some of the most important things you should do to defend yourself from SPAM before you go.
1. Always use Captcha:
- In any circumstance, Captcha is the first line of defense against SPAM.
- You must have some kind of Captcha installed on your forms, login pages, and comments.
- Captcha verification will stop email bots and spammers.
2. Keep software up to date:
- Update your software to the latest.
- Not upgrading software allows spammers to access your data easily.
- Always use a safety plugin.
3. Don’t subscribe to e-mail lists with a primary e-mail:
- Don’t subscribe to emails unless you know where it is coming from.
- Never download any attachments in emails.
- Don’t delete unnecessary emails. Instead, mark them as spam to avoid them.
- Set the filter in your inbox to prevent your clients and company from losing any emails.
4. Monitor your backlinks:
- Track the SEO at all times.
- Sudden fluctuations in the number of links to your website can indicate the start of a spam link session.
- You should track your backlinks regularly. It can become a real pain if it is neglected or overlooked.