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SPAM: What is it and how to avoid it?

by SW Team

I'm sure you've opened your inbox and found an email that seems to come out of nowhere. What is that? That's right, the well-known spam! But don't worry, in this blog post we'll show you how to identify it and what to do to keep your inbox clean and safe.


What is SPAM?

Spam, in general terms, refers to unwanted messages that flood your email inbox. These messages can range from advertisements for dubious products to phishing attempts designed to steal personal or financial information. Regardless of its form, spam is intrusive, annoying and often a violation of privacy.

How do they get my email address?

The nagging question is: how do spammers get your email address? Here are some common ways they can acquire it:

  1. Internet crawling: Spam bots scour the web for email addresses posted on websites, forums and social networks. Even a simple comment on a blog can expose you to these trackers.

  2. Incorrect Sharing: We sometimes share our email address carelessly online. From filling out forms on websites to entering contests, any data shared can be collected and used for spamming purposes.

  3. Online Shopping: When shopping online, we are often asked to provide our email address to receive order confirmations or updates. However, if we do not pay attention to privacy choices or do not opt out of receiving promotional mailings, we may end up on spam lists.

  4. Security Breaches: Security breaches in websites and online services are a major source of email address exposure. If a site you are registered with is compromised, it is possible that your email address could be captured and sold on the digital black market.


How can we prevent SPAM or at least reduce it?

Now that you understand how they can get your email address, it is crucial to take steps to protect yourself. Here are some strategies to avoid spam:

  1. Anti-Spam Filter: Take advantage of the anti-spam mail filter tool in your hosting service from your SWPanel. Activate this option so that unwanted messages are automatically redirected to the spam folder.

  2. Sharing Caution: Be selective when providing your email address online. Read websites' privacy policies carefully and avoid sharing your email address unnecessarily.

  3. Different Email Addresses: Consider using separate email addresses or email aliases for different purposes. For example, you can have one main address for personal communications, and another for registering on websites.

  4. Link Watch: Be on the lookout for suspicious links in emails. Avoid clicking on them, as they could lead to malicious websites or be used for phishing.

  5. Keep your Devices Safe: Use anti-virus software and keep your devices regularly updated to protect against malware and other cyber threats that could infiltrate through email.

By following these preventative measures, you can significantly reduce the amount of spam that arrives in your inbox and keep your email experience safe and hassle-free. Remember, your online security is a shared responsibility between your actions and the security measures you take.