Email Spam which is also called junk mails, are the unwanted emails received in your inbox. These are sent in huge volumes without the permission of the recipients. These kinds of emails contain similar content which is usually a trick to attract the online users to a particular website. Some spam emails contain fake product promotion just to redirect the online users to the phishing sites so as to get the personal information of the user. Spamming of emails is illegal in many places.
The third party companies and the service providers have joined hands to detect spam mails and fight against the people who are in the spamming society. However, the spammers are not easy to control as they counter attack with wrong techniques to send such emails and promote their products to the online users. The spammers have come across new advantaged techniques to cheat the online users and using images and graphics to attract them to the phishing sites.
How spammers collect the user’s personal information?
The following are some ways through which the collect the information.
- Virus being sent to them
A virus is sent to the mail as a form of gift; it collects all the needed data from the mail inbox and sends it to the one who spams. In other way, if you have send a virus email to a person unknowingly then your mail id will sent to the spammer. This is the way how automatically the data moves from here and there.
- You providing the info
It is one of the common methods by which the spammers gather the data. Whenever you sign in at any website for giveaways, gifts, draws, you provide them your email address, this is the way how unknowingly all your information is sent. Not the user’s address goes to the spammer, but the addresses of the friend’s also gets collected with the spammer.
- Email harvesting
This is a process by which robots are planted on the websites by spammers to collect whatever email address they find. Some of the ways by which emails are collected are:
- Email id you have provided on your own web pages
- Email id in the distribution list in any contact of yours
- Group archives such as Google groups
- Club or community website where you often visit
- DNS servers
- Business or corporate directories.
Protecting the email spam- read how?
Email spam is similar to common cold. One cannot know when the attack can occur. Though you cannot do anything after being attacked, but you can take precautionary measures to prevent spamming. Invest to but a good quality anti spam and antivirus software. They will help you prevent your computer from the attacks. Don’t proceed with the sites which are being promoted through emails, they are known to be phishing sites. If you have your own website, then protect it from the technique of email harvesting. Try to have different email addresses for different activities, for instance one for shopping, other for professional work, and so on.