Spam email, or junk email, refers to unsolicited messages sent in bulk. Along with decreasing productivity and causing aggravation, spam can also be a security threat. These emails may contain malicious links or attachments and are often a vector for phishing and malware attacks.

While it is blatantly obvious that certain emails are spam, some spammers craft highly deceptive messages that are difficult to differentiate from legitimate emails. Thus, it is critical to be familiar with the following best practices for identifying and avoiding spam.

Tips & Best Practices for Avoiding Spam Email

Look for unknown, suspicious or spoofed email addresses. Pay attention to the sender’s email address, especially if a message seems strange or suspicious. Attackers often use spoofed email addresses to deceive recipients.

Be wary of unfamiliar links or unexpected attachments. Refrain from clicking on links or downloading files in emails unless you trust the source. Malware, viruses, and other types of malicious material can be easily downloaded through malicious attachments or links.

Look for misspelled words or added characters within the subject or body of an email. Spammers often intentionally misspell words or insert additional characters within their messages to evade spam filtration software. Be cautious of emails that contain spelling and/or grammatical errors.

Think before you respond, and watch for offers or opportunities that seem too good to be true. If the content in an email seems too good to be true, it likely is! Such emails are often phishing scams trying to steal credentials or other sensitive information. Remember to never give out personal information such as passwords, social security numbers, or credit card numbers via email. Legitimate businesses will never ask for it, and sharing sensitive information can result in data theft, monetary losses, and in some cases, identity theft.

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