YUM, Spam

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Computer Related Article

Less Junk in Your In-box

Do you use a computer for email communications and think you are getting too much Spam? Did you know about half of all emails are spam or junk and they clutter your In-box, bring nasty surprises like malware and hacking attacks and are hard to manage?

What is Spam anyway? According to Wikipedia Spam is a, “meat product made mainly from ham.” No wait that’s the wrong Spam. Spam is, “irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.”

Some Spam messages are “legit” and offer a plethora of goods and services that are beneficial to you but a large percentage are trying very hard to trick you into divulging details about you that the spammer can use to hack your computer, run off with credit card information or knowingly infecting your computer so they can sell you a total useless service that keeps getting you infected.

True, they intentionally lie to you and tell you you’re infected and you are not. Then these bandits want you to call a technician in some far off country to get it fixed. They don’t fix it, ever. Worth repeating you will NOT get your computer fixed. You will get a tech intentionally damaging your computer so you must pay for service again… And, again, and … you get the picture.

Spam can be blocked and there are several methods of doing this including dedicated Spam blockers and manual blocking. If you use web-mail (log into the Internet to get email) your service provider, Gmail for example, offers a manual way to mark an email message as junk. The way it works, if the SAME email sender uses the same email address it will be blocked and go to the junk folder. If the SAME sender sends you another email, but this time uses a slightly different email name, it will not be blocked.

When you use an automated Spam blocker it may recognize the ruse used to circumvent the manual blocker and automatically determine the email as Spam and assign it to junk. Problem solved. Well “sorta”. The effectiveness of Spam blockers depends upon the number of times your blocker sees this message on the Internet, or algorithms used in the design of the blocker. Then there is the cost of the Spam blocker, the reputation for ease of use, effectiveness of keeping up on the Spam definitions and a whole host of other reasons.

Keep in mind Spam blocking is either manual or automatic. Manual depends upon your diligence at keeping up with new junk messages and managing variations of known Spam. Automatic blocking depends on the price, software you choose and the ability to update the international Spam environment. Perhaps you should look into an MSP (managed service provider) to manage it for you especially if you are a small to medium business without an IT department.