Fry that SPAM: How to Protect Your Business

Advice on Anti-SPAM IT Solutions for Business

3 Facts about SPAM

  • A shocking 93% of all email is junk email or SPAM, according to Postini, a leading email management provider.
  • SPAMmers are motivated by money.
    If a miniscule percentage of people respond to any of the emails or offers, they still make a lot of money. If people stopped clicking, they’d stop making money. Unfortunately, given the nature of people, it’s unlikely that people will stop.
  • SPAM is unlikely to stop

5 Things You Can Do about SPAM Today

  1. If you don’t have an Anti-SPAM solution, get one and start frying that SPAM.
  2. Don’t provide your email address unless absolutely necessary. Protect it as vigorously as you would other personal information.
  3. Watch for check boxes in small type that automatically have you “opt-in” for 3rd party mailings or partner offers. Unselect these check boxes unless you really want to receive these offers.
  4. Consider using a separate email or alias that is “disposable” when signing up for one-time events, posting to blogs or unfamiliar websites.
  5. Never unsubscribe from SPAM messages. This simply verifies that your email address is valid. Reputable businesses will remove your email address from their list, but if in doubt, don’t unsubscribe, simply delete the SPAM message or create a filter to delete or automatically file email.

IT Radix Can Help Manage Your SPAM
Not sure how to do some of the above? Ask us, we’ll be glad to help. We hate SPAM email as much as you do!


Prevent Identity Theft

Did you know that…you can prevent identity theft by preventing SPAM? SPAM is more than just a nuisance—something that clogs up your inbox and wastes your precious time. SPAM is also a tool used on a daily basis to steal your identity. Learn how to prevent SPAM, and you will learn how to prevent identity theft. Every year there are an estimated 40 trillion SPAM emails delivered. While some of these trillions of emails are just mere annoyances, SPAM used by identity thieves are loaded with malware that can take over your computer, capture your information and steal your identity. Preventing identity theft isn’t impossible…it just takes effort and staying informed. Follow these 5 tips to help avoid SPAM and prevent identity theft:

Tip #1 Don’t open any email if you don’t recognize the sender
Resist the urge…click “delete” to purge

Tip #2 Don’t click on the links in SPAM email messages
You never know what’s lurking at the other end.

Tip #3 Disguise your email address on your website
Never put your address in plain text on your site. Spiders that crawl sites scrape email addresses and send you SPAM. Trick the spiders by changing your email address. For example, instead of:

jane.smith@gmail.com
type:
Jane Smith At Gmail Dot Com

Tip #4 Don’t pass SPAM emails along
You know those emails you get that tell you to forward them along to the “10 most important people in your life”? This is one way spammers harvest email addresses.

Tip #5 Use a “junk” email address every time you join a group or register for something on the Internet
You can get an unlimited number of free email addresses from Gmail or Yahoo, and it saves you from having your “real” email address scraped by spiders.

Learning how to prevent identity theft is an ongoing process…preventing SPAM can help!