Use internet banking? Do you save or use passwords online or on your computer? Do you send emails containing private information? Do you use your computer for commercial purposes? You can be placing yourself in danger by just opening certain spam emails if you say “yes” to any of these questions.
You will probably encounter some spam and other unwanted messages whether you use Outlook®, Outlook Express®, MSN Hotmail®, AOL®, Eudora®, ThunderbirdTM, or any other email application.
Spam is more than simply a bother. It may be hazardous! By opening and reading spam mail, you may be infected with viruses that can harm your computer and its data. The most frequent method crooks use to access your computer and, more critically, the private and sensitive information stored on it is spam with malware attached.
You don’t necessarily have to have spam issues just because you get it. According to these guidelines, you may lessen or completely stop receiving SPAM and junk email while protecting yourself from the nasty emails you get.
1. REMOVE. Just delete the email if you don’t know the sender. Do strangers ever indeed send you “vital” emails?
2. REMOVE. Delete the email if it instructs you to “go here to validate your account.” No trustworthy business will request that you provide private information to them over email. If your account has been “compromised,” you won’t get an email but a phone call or postal letter.
3. VERIFY. Okay, so your bank has asked you to “check” your account because you believe someone may have gained access to it. All you need to do is contact the number provided in the email to verify its validity. Go straight to the company’s website meant to deliver the message. (IMPORTANT: The contact information in the email may be false, so don’t depend on the link. Enter their website URL or GoogleTM them. Call the “Report Fraud” or “Customer Service” number that you can find. They will know whether the email is genuine. If not, they should follow Rule 1 or Rule 2.
4. REMAIN SUBSCRIBED. Most SPAM emails’ “unsubscribe” links are simply a way for us to authenticate your email address so we can sell it to other SPAMmers for more money. In most circumstances, unsubscribing from SPAM will increase the quantity of spam you get, not a decrease. Visit the business’ website to unsubscribe from any email lists you have already joined, even if you no longer wish to receive them (technically not SPAM).
5. OBSERVE. Install anti-spam software, such as LIST AFFILIATE LINKS HERE, or utilize a service that handles this for you, such as an internet or email provider. Look for an email service that has spam screening. But remember, even with the most vigorous defense, some SPAM still manages to slip through. If so, then refer to Rule 1 or Rule 2.
You can control spam if you adhere to these straightforward principles.
Riverbank Consulting, Inc.’s president and founder are Aubrey Jones. One of the most prominent US financial organizations has employed him since 1996 to safeguard online banking customers.