What is spam? Spam is really just any unwanted message that ends up in your email. Most of the time spam is an annoying, but fairly innocent, message from other businesses wanting to sell you something. They might come as a newsletter, reminder, invitation, etc. You may know the sender and have had some previous relationship with them or they might be a stranger. But occasionally spam, may be part of a cyber attack.
Why you’re getting spammed. Maybe you or your employee signed up for a newsletter or you got on the list after asking about a product. Often times there is a fine print that we don't seem to pay attention to anymore that says they will use your data to send marketing from their company---but they will share your info with 3rd parties that will now be sending you info via email. Your email address can be passed around the internet like wildfire, and before you know it, you’re buried under spam. More times than we would like to think, though, your data is found dishonestly through a hacked website. More often though, your email is simply collected by a computer ‘scraping’ the internet - scouring forums and websites for plain text or linked emails and selling them as prime spam targets. It’s easy to see how individual office employees receive an average of 120 emails daily, over half of which are spam!
More than annoying. We know that spam is annoying but did you know that is is also hungry? Resource hungry that is! Your and your employees can spend hours each week sorting email, checking out the relevance, and deleting spam. Sometimes even legitimate email get caught up and can be accidentally deleted. Also, your email server might be dedicating storage and processing power to spam emails, occasionally to the point where inboxes get full and real mail is bouncing out. While most spam is just an annoyance there is also the risk that any links may be a part of a cyber attack. All it takes is one click to open a door to viruses, ransomware, and other security nightmares.
Talk to us about your anti-spam protections. Call us at 937-660-4899