This is Two Minute Tech Tips, I’m your host Lester Steward. In this series we are discussing Business cybersecurity and what you need to know to protect your business.

Spam has become an ever-growing issue that is very hard to protect from. We can put email scanners in place or filter systems to catch them before they get to the inbox, but those protections never catch them all. There are a couple questions to answer when trying to deal with spam. One, how did they find your email address, two, how do I safely get rid of the spam and three, how can we prevent future spam.

There’s not much chance email spammers just guessed your address, the most accepted reason how they get your email is that when you sign up for an online service or information from a seemingly legitimate website, that info is either stolen from the website or sold to the spammers. There are services that can help prevent giving out your real email and instead hide the real address for a relay address. Apple has this feature available, along with many other email providers.

Getting rid of spam once it finds its way to your inbox could prove difficult. Generally, most emails have an unsubscribe button near the bottom but doing this could risk showing the email as active, thus getting more spam from different sources or when you click on the link, some malware could be deployed to the PC. Best practice is to just delete the email or move it to the junk list.

To prevent future spam, be mindful that your email is a piece of personal information that should only be given out when you are sure this info will be used responsibly. In this current age of information, we can only do our best to keep personal information personal. If you find your business inbox overwhelmed with spam, come talk to North Tech Group and we can try to alleviate some of that burden.

On the next episode I’m going to try and explain some basic troubleshooting theory that you can do yourself.

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Thanks for joining me, Lester Steward for your Two Minute Tech Tips, helping you keep safe in your cybersecurity world.

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