Commonly known as Spam, they are unwanted bulk messages sent by using electronic messaging systems. The most widely recognized form of spam is sent through email, but can also refer to bulk messages sent through other media such as:
- Instant messaging spam
- Search engine spam
- Mobile phone text messages
- Junk fax transmissions
- File sharing spam
Why does spamming occur?
It is a very cost effective method of advertising because there is very little cost involved, and it is difficult to hold spammers accountable for their mass mailings.
What can I do to manage spam?
- Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email. Not only could you fall prey to a fraudulent sales scheme, but your email address could also be added to the numerous email lists that are sold within the spamming community, further increasing the number of junk emails received.
- If you don’t know the sender of an email message, delete it. A spam email could contain a virus or other malware that could damage your computer.
- Never respond to any spam messages or click on any links in the message. Replying to any spam message, even to “unsubscribe” or be “removed” from the mailing list only confirms to the spammer that you are a valid recipient and a perfect target for future spamming.
- Avoid using the preview function of your email software. The preview essentially opens the email and tells spammers you are a valid recipient, which can result in even more spam.
- When sending email messages to a large number of recipients, use the blind carbon copy (BCC) field to conceal their email addresses. Sending email where all recipient addresses are exposed in the "To” field makes them vulnerable to spammers.
- Think carefully before you provide your email address on websites.