Since the beginning of the internet, we have seen many fads come and go as times change. While most of these fads die down after a while, one of them seems never to go away. Named after a famous Monthy Python sketch; Spam has plagued our email inboxes for decades. But how do you get spam? And how can you prevent it?
It’s older than you think.
Spam is an older term that most people seem to believe. Since the beginning of email addresses, internet users have received millions of junk (spam) email pieces every year. While the distribution means might have changed slightly, the final product and annoyance has been the same.
There is a difference between bulk email and spam email.
Bulk email is often mass email sent by companies and web pages as a means of a promotional campaign. Spam email follows the same approach, but with a less clear and legit origin or intention. Thanks to this differentiation in the type of content, most email providers can automatically filter different kinds of emails into categories.
It does not matter what you do; you will always get some spam.
Even if you follow excellent internet practices and use your email address correctly, you will always get some junk or spam along with your regular emails. This occurs because webpages are collecting your email address through their call-to-action measures such as newsletter signups or by targeting random email addresses. Even if it is not entirely preventable, being cautious with giving your information can reduce the amount of spam. From there your email client’s spam filter will hopefully help to filter out the rest.
Is there anything I can do to help with spam email?
There is a more active approach to fight against spam emails. If you are already receiving spam in your inbox; you can take the following actions to reduce or prevent yourself from receiving more of them:
Even if it seems like a never-ending situation, you can be reasonably successful in the battle against junk email. The key to being successful is to take measures to prevent it as much as possible before it starts. By staying ahead, you won’t have to put in all the effort to be removed from the distribution list.