Email, or electronic mail, is a modern form of communication with many advantages. It is flexible, fast and direct, and played a crucial role in the proliferation of the Internet in the early 1990‘s.
Unfortunately, with a high level of anonymity, email and the Internet leave room for illegal activities such as spamming. Spam includes unsolicited advertisements, hoaxes and proliferation of malicious software – malware. The inconvenience and danger to you is increased by the fact that the cost of sending spam is minimal, and authors of spam have many tools to acquire new email addresses. In addition, the volume and variety of spam makes it very difficult to regulate. The longer you use your email address, the more likely it will end up in a spam engine database. Some hints for prevention:
•If possible, don’t publish your email address on the Internet
•Only give your email address to trusted individuals
•If possible, don’t use common aliases – with more complicated aliases, the probability of tracking is lower
•Don’t reply to spam that has already arrived in your inbox
•Be careful when filling out Internet forms – be especially cautious of options such as “Yes, I want to receive information”.
•Use “specialized” email addresses – e.g., one for business, one for communication with your friends, etc.
•From time to time, change your email address
•Use an Antispam solution