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Spam/Security tips
Posted by Serhiy Hryva on 31 January 2011 03:37 PM

Over half of all e-mail traffic on the Internet is SPAM (unsolicited email). There are many viruses distributed via email which can be dangerous for both your email and for your computer. This is why it is very important to protect your e-mail. Here are a few tips which will help you keep your email secure.

  • Do not open emails from unknown senders. These emails are usually sent with interesting subjects like: "I love you", "You have won the lottery", etc.
  • Do not open emails that contain executable files (.exe files) even if they are sent by known addresses, unless you are sure the files are clear. These files usually contain viruses and may infect your email and computer.
  • If you use your email address to subscribe to free newsletters or to sign up for mailing lists, online discussion forums or other similar activities, this usually results in an increased number of spam messages in your inbox.
  • Using an e-mail client like MS Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or others instead of your webmail account will lower the risk of getting infected or spam messages since email clients have inbuilt protection.
  • Posting your e-mail on any site, including your own, without encrypting it in some way, will allow e-mail harvesting 'spambots' to add your e-mail to their lists. You should always try to have people e-mail via a web form or some other means rather than placing your e-mail address on your page.
  • Although tempting, do not use common e-mail addresses that are easy targets for spammers. Some include webmaster, postmaster, admin, support, etc.
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