Spam is a generic term that refers to the act of indiscriminately sending unsolicited, unwanted, irrelevant or inappropriate messages via email.
These are usually promotions or advertisements sent in ‘bulk’ to the email addresses of people who have not requested this information.
How does SPAM work?
- Malware infections on computers or devices.
- Weak mailbox passwords.
- Phishing, whereby a phishing email is received requesting the reset of personal details. A link is included on the mail, that redirects to a false login screen, which then records access details later used by hackers.
See some informative articles below about emails:
- How to check for Unwanted Email Forwarders:
- Change or reset my Email password:
How to prevent SPAM:
- Use strong passwords.
- Use updated anti-virus software, including anti-spyware.
- Be cautious of any email you may receive which requests/suggests/demands update of personal details unless you are completely sure of the origin of the email.
- Never use mailbox passwords that you’ve used in the past. Spammers keep a list of email addresses and will try from time to time to re-use them.
Why is this important?