On the internet, the term “spam” has nothing to do with the familiar canned meat product. So what does spam mean? Spam is a term for junk email, and it’s important to find out exactly what spam means beyond this definition. No one knows for sure how commonly the term is used when it comes to email – some of the suspicions are related to Monty Python’s spam song – but just like the junk in your home mailbox, spam gets in the way of the message you want to read and can sometimes pose a security risk.
Identify and avoid spam
Every email app and e-mail service offers spam filtering. An automated system will review the message to remove the junk, send it to a separate folder, and ideally leave only useful messages in your inbox. In fact, some spam avoids filters because spammers have become better at avoiding filters.
Although annoying, most spam includes harmless ads and newsletters. Usually, the best solution is to clear the garbage and move on. Your mail service can also offer the “Mark as junk” option to remove messages while also helping to improve filters. Sometimes, due to the content of the email, a valid message can be marked as spam. Check the subject lines in your spam folder every few days to make sure the filter doesn’t catch any real messages. If that’s the case, press the “Not Spam” or “Not Spam” buttons to transfer the email to your inbox.
Viruses and Scams
Not all junk messages are benign ads; Some spam emails contain viruses that can infect your computer. As a safety precaution, don’t open email attachments that you didn’t expect, especially if they come from unfamiliar sources as they may contain viruses that could slow down or harm your computer. Another form of threat, phishing attack, trying to trick you
provide personal information.
The best protection against phishing is to avoid clicking on links in your email and instead enter the address of the website from which the email claims to be from. For example, if a statement email comes from your bank and asks for information, contact your bank directly instead of clicking on the link or replying to the message. Even the “Unsubscribe” link from a strange source is dangerous – it can notify the spammer that your email address is active, opening the door for more spam to soon reach your inbox.