Articles tagged: spam
It’s hard to determine whether an email address is fake.
Understanding what is and is not spam is important to make sure you get what you want and improve spam filtering for everyone.
Spammers and internet trolls harvest email addresses via a variety of means. One of the most common is to simply surf the web and look for anything that might look like one.
Even though most of us might never fall for it, the reason there’s so much spam is simple: spam works.
Sometimes you want to keep someone from contacting you. Ignoring them is often simplest, but there are tools to help as well.
Email spoofing is rampant. Spammers often send email that looks like it came from you, and there’s little that you can do about it.
Spam prevention measures have made getting email delivered more difficult. We’ll look at how to maximize the chances your email will make it through.
Sometimes it seems like spam is a tidal wave of junk that threatens to make email completely unusable. While you can’t stop spam, you can manage it with a good spam filter.
Train your spam filter to stop emails you want from going to your spam folder.
Using BCC on forwarded email is one way to reduce the amount of spam your recipients might get.
A sudden flood of additional spam is not unusual. I’ll look at why I think it happens, and when I start to worry.
It’s not uncommon to get unexpected email sent to an email address similar to your own. I’ll review why that is and what to do about it.
If you’re not getting spam now, you will soon — and probably lots of it. What can you do? There’s no magic answer, but there are various things you can do to help.
When a legitimate email sender doesn’t respond to an “unsubscribe” request, they’re no longer legitimate. Here’s what to do.
Porn spam doesn’t mean anyone did anything illicit. Everyone gets spam, and some of it is porn. Lack of spam doesn’t imply you’ve been good, either.
Malicious intent is commonly understood to be the cause of technological trials and tribulations. It’s usually the wrong assumption to make.
Closing an email account is many people’s first reaction to seeing spam sent from their account. It rarely helps, if it’s even possible. I’ll explain.
When an email message comes back to you because of a problem, exactly who did or did not get the message can be confusing.
Pictures in email don’t always display. The reasons are varied and confusing, but I’ll review the three most common causes of problems and what you need to do.
“From” spoofing is how spammers send email that looks like it comes from you that you had nothing at all to do with. I’ll look at how it’s done.
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. Here’s how to get your account back varies based on what happened to it.
A scam claims your email account has been hacked, possibly even including a password you’ve used. Don’t be fooled.
Emailing attachments — particularly large files — is getting more and more difficult as ISPs limit size and scan for malware.
Someone’s sending spam that looks like an Ask Leo! recommendation. It’s not, and it gives us clues to keep in mind when evaluating any email message.
There are emails from which you should certainly unsubscribe when you no longer want them. However, there are emails that you absolutely should never unsubscribe from. I’ll review the differences.
An error caused my newsletter to come “From” the wrong address. Flooded with challenge/response mails, I wonder: what other messages are you missing?
Email reputation for your home IP address probably doesn’t matter, and having it characterized as “poor” might even be a good thing.
Spam is a much more complex, much more widespread, and much more global in nature than most people realize. All that adds up to it being VERY difficult to stop.
It’s very common to want confirmation that an email has been opened, delivered, or read. In the age of spam, it’s simply not possible with any accuracy.
The holiday season brings with it a flood of email. That’s a great opportunity to evaluate, and unsubscribe from things you no longer need.
Outlook.com, like most email services, tries hard to keep spam out of your inbox by placing it in a junk mail folder. Sometimes it gets a little too aggressive. I’ll look at how to tame it.
I made a minor change to the newsletter and as a result was flooded with auto-responses when it sent. What I learned about auto-responses is important to know.
You are exactly right: you are being punished for the actions of others. To understand who those “others” are, we need to look at how email makes it off of your computer to its destination.
Unfortunately most of this is out of your hands now. There are a few things you can check for, and then you’ll have to just get on with your life.
Sometimes, it seems like spam is a tidal wave of junk that threatens to make email completely unusable. While you can’t stop spam, you can manage it very well with a good spam filter.
Spam, spammers, and hackers. They make website management quite difficult, and you may be experiencing this with your web form.
Most of these major email providers are doing what I would call behavioral analysis. They’re looking for signals that indicate spam and then posting a CAPTCHA.
Gmail occasionally includes preview images of attachments that are included with an email. Rather than being an additional risk, when present, these preview images can help keep you safer.
With email account hacking on the rise, it’s important to understand what it takes to keep your account (and its address book) safe from compromise.
Possibly being labeled a spammer is another reason not to forward political and other emails. Do it enough and your normal email may not get delivered.