What is the difference between spam, phishing and scam?
Phishing and scam are forms of spam. Simple spam is often aimed at selling a product. Phishing or scam falls into the category of fraudulent computer messages. In this case, the email is an attempt to recover a person’s data, such as a code, identifiers or bank details. This type of message will encourage the user to visit fraudulent forms, or contain an attachment that is, in fact, a virus. The sender’s mailbox may itself have been hacked by spammers, who use it to send apparently secure e-mails.
How do you combat spam?
If the message is a newsletter, it is very difficult to know whether you have given your consent or whether your data is being misused. Tell the sender that the message is unwanted by clicking on the unsubscribe link, which is usually at the bottom of the page. Do this systematically and your inbox should gradually empty.
If the message does not have an unsubscribe link, you can report it as spam or put it in your junk mail folder. This will train your e-mail and make it more intelligent. Reporting messages as soon as they are received by recipients is a crucial step in the fight against spam containing suspicious links or content.
When it comes to corporate security against cyber attacks, it is essential to have an email protection service like Altospam.com. This will filter spam (phishing, scam, malware) as well as viruses and attempts to hack into your data, sites or users.
How can I protect my business against spam?
In France, the lack of IT protection for business emails is the number one vector for corporate hacking. IT service managers, security officers or management can subscribe to online IT security services such as Altospam to increase the level of protection and filtering. The implementation of a protocol for rapid reporting of suspicious e-mail as soon as it is received, with a guide and documentation in French and English, facilitates the user experience and helps to improve awareness of threats coming from the web.
Why am I getting lots of spam?
Spammers collect email addresses from the web on a massive scale in order to send their advertising or phishing attempts. Your email may have been shared on databases, seen on forums or resold after registration on harmless sites or in competition games.
If you receive an email like this, you should never click on it or reply to the spammers. They will identify you as active and send you even more emails. By filtering messages upstream, outsourced anti-spam solutions discourage spammers, who then see you as a “cold” target. What’s more, by systematically reporting any unwanted e-mail received via the Internet to these specialist services, you are more likely to react quickly and have it taken into account.