The Trouble With Spam Is....

Written by Niall Roche

Each day we all facerepparttar same challenge. Spam. It doesn't matter if you're a home computer user orrepparttar 147009 head of IT for a multinational limiting or totally preventingrepparttar 147010 distribution of junk email to your computer(s) is now a daily chore.

The sheer frustration that spam causes combined withrepparttar 147011 number of lost man hours adds up to junk email being a very real problem for all involved. You have to filter through allrepparttar 147012 junk to find your own personal or work email. This on its own is annoying enough. When you considerrepparttar 147013 security risks from spyware, trojans, diallers and attempted identity theft spam becomes much more than just an annoyance - it becomes a minefield for any computer user.

So what can you do to block spam? The first step each user should take is to simply limitrepparttar 147014 number of people who know your personal email address. If you have a work email address then just use it for work. For home users only distribute your email address to people you know and trust. This simple move can cut your spam problems by 50%.

But what about all those online forms I need to fill in? No problem. Use a free email service like Hotmail or Gmail for this purpose. Treat it as a throwaway account that you can use as a buffer between your true personal email address andrepparttar 147015 rest ofrepparttar 147016 world. Let it fill up with junk email and then just login once a week and delete everything you see.

Your password. It's amazing how many people setrepparttar 147017 password for their email account to abc123 or something similar. These passwords are incredibly easy for spammers to guess and would give them easy access to your mail account. The password for your email account should follow corporate standards of being 6 - 8 characters long and be alphanumeric (a mixture of numbers and letters). Make it longer if you can. Using a weak password is just asking for trouble.

Are You A Spam Zombie?

Written by Niall Roche

Overrepparttar past few years you've all become familiar withrepparttar 146574 terms spam, spam filter, whitelists, blacklists and a whole myriad of other terminology associated withrepparttar 146575 problem of spam. You now have to add a new and extremely worrying phrase to that list - spam zombie.

Withrepparttar 146576 net closing in around them spammers are looking for new and more inventive ways to send out their junk email. Spam filters and challenge response systems are becoming progressively more intelligent and blocking more spam each day. What was a spammer to do? The spammers tookrepparttar 146577 next step - infiltrating your PC and using it as a spamming tool.

When most of you think ofrepparttar 146578 word zombie you're reminded of old B movies with groaning zombies chasingrepparttar 146579 terrified actress through a castle, swamp or whatever low cost settingrepparttar 146580 movie revolved around. Spam zombies are, however, far more real and far more dangerous.

A spam zombie is when your computer is taken over by a type of virus called a Trojan. Once this Trojan virus is on your computer it sets up an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) application which allows it to begin sending email directly from your PC to tens of thousands of victims. This all happens invisibly inrepparttar 146581 background and can be difficult to detect for evenrepparttar 146582 experienced computer user.

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