How to Protect Yourself From Spam

Aug 2, 2017 | Blog, IT Services

There’s a lot you can do to help protect yourself from spam that can potentially create massive damage to your computer or even your network. So here’s five things you can do today to help protect yourself against spam.

We discussed before about what to red flags to look for when checking your inbox, but there’s a lot more you should be doing to help protect yourself from malicious spam that can potentially create massive damage to your computer or even your network. So here’s five things you can do today to help protect yourself against spam.

Keep your computer and security software updated

Spam ProtectionIt’s happened to all of us. You’re in a hurry and need to look something up quickly on your computer when suddenly a small pop up informs you that there are updates waiting to be installed. Rather than allow the updates to install, you close the pop-up box and tell yourself you’ll update it later when you have more time. We’re all guilty of it because the truth is there’s never really a convenient time to sit through all those updates but taking the time to keep your antivirus and operating system updated is an easy and effective way to protect your computer. There are constantly new computer threats popping up and your computer can’t protect itself with outdated software.

Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know

Ok, so this one is not as straightforward as the others and needs a little more explaining so here’s a scenario that you might find familiar – you’re on Facebook and receive a friend request from someone you don’t know and you don’t have any friends in common with them. You might consider adding them to your friend’s list thinking it’s harmless but it could actually be the beginning of a long headache. Spammers often exploit social media to gather many contacts to send mass spam messages.

Don’t open unsolicited emails

We touched on this one in our previous piece about red flags in emails but it’s worth repeating as it continues to be a big problem. If you receive an email from someone you don’t know providing you with a link or an attachment you didn’t ask for – do not click on it as you could be unknowingly inviting malicious software onto your computer. Also, never respond to spam emails as it will most likely result in a higher volume of spam flooding your inbox.

Utilize anti-spam tools

Anti-spam tools such as MailCleaner can help block 99% of unwanted messages by analyzing each message and images so you only receive the those that are important (or at least ones that aren’t harmful to your computer).  Mailcleaner constantly checks for virus and spam filtering rule updates, ensuring legitimate messages are forwarded to the mail server while infected messages are cleaned and dangerous content is quarantined.

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