What Is Spam?

Written by Lewis Leake


If you've been aroundrepparttar interenet any length of time then you probably know what spam is. However, if you're new torepparttar 141350 internet you might be asking yourselfrepparttar 141351 question "What is Spam?"

The best place to begin would be to explain to you exactly what spam mail is. Spam is basically just unsolicited commercial emails that companies send to your inbox.

There are a lot of ways these companies get your email address. You may have signed up for a newsletter or promotions with one of them, or you may have ordered a product or service that requires registration from a website first.

It is common for companies to share their mailing lists with their affiliate companies. Itís one ofrepparttar 141352 benefits to having affiliations. The only problem is that most companies hide this knowledge in their ďterms and agreementsĒ of their websites. They count onrepparttar 141353 fact that most people do not read allrepparttar 141354 way through them. Of course since it is mentioned somewhere in their website, it is perfectly legal.

The average person can expect to receive anywhere from ten to twenty spamís a day in their inbox; depending on how many promos and registrations they fill out. Once a person accepts or opens an unsolicited email, they become plagued by receiving six more in its place. It is a vicious cycle.

What To Do When You Get Spam

Written by Lewis Leake


When you go to your mailbox and find pieces of junk mail mixed in with important correspondence, you throw it out. It is a mild nuisance and you probably donít even give it a second thought. Unfortunately, most people dorepparttar same when spam arrives in their inbox. They just delete it.

While that does get rid of an individual email, more needs to be done to control what can become an overwhelming problem. Liken spam to cockroaches; see one in your cabinet and you know that you likely have an infestation that needs to be dealt with swiftly.

To begin with, do not respond torepparttar 141349 spam Ė ever. There are usually two ways that spam recipients make this mistake. First isrepparttar 141350 opt-out clause that appears atrepparttar 141351 bottom ofrepparttar 141352 email. It appears to be a legal statement giving yourepparttar 141353 right to remove yourself from this mailing list. Unless you legitimately authorizedrepparttar 141354 company to send you mail, in which case this is not spam, do not follow this link. Most often this link is simply a way forrepparttar 141355 spammers to identify your email address as valid. Now they can sell your address to other spammers and thank you for making their work easier by continuing to send yourepparttar 141356 spam you didnít want inrepparttar 141357 first place.

The second manner in which this error occurs is when, out of total frustration, you reply torepparttar 141358 sender with a firm statement of your disgust. This usually happens whenrepparttar 141359 spam is pornographic material and despite your best efforts, keeps appearing in your inbox. Sometimesrepparttar 141360 reply will not work becauserepparttar 141361 senderís email address is a fake one and it will just bounce back to you as undeliverable. Count yourself lucky becauserepparttar 141362 alternative means that they now have a confirmation of your address.

Next, readrepparttar 141363 email header. The header containsrepparttar 141364 full path of computers through whichrepparttar 141365 email passed to get to you. Most pieces of email pass through at least four computers Ėrepparttar 141366 spammerís, their ISP, your ISP, and finally yours. Sincerepparttar 141367 stated from address is usually a fake one, this isrepparttar 141368 most reliable way to track downrepparttar 141369 spammerís ISP, atrepparttar 141370 very least.

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