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Spam Oh Spam…


Delicious, isn’t it? According to Wikipedia, spam is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. You love it, don’t you? The tenderness, the taste… (I am not paid by the Hormel Foods Corporation by the way).

But that is not the spam I am going to talk about!

What I am going to write now is the spam electronic mail, which can be defined (again, taken from wikipedia)

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social networking spam, television advertising, and file sharing network spam.

Spam Mails

Electronic Spam

Now now, aren’t there a lot of spam out in the internet? Yes that’s true! The internet is full of spam! However what will be written here is about the e-mail spam specifically, which usually sent to your spam/junk folder on your email account. Phishing scam, stupid chain letter, or that funny story which has been forwarded 1000 times you have to scroll for a minute to get to the real mail. You never want unwanted email to get to your account right? However there are people out there who are desperate in getting money trying to trick you with hoax emails.

Starting from those random “want to get ideal body quickly” mail to “I need some help for paying the hospital”. I even received the second type from my friend email account, and seems that his account was hacked and used to send scam emails to all of his contacts. People just so creative when it comes to this, huh? Oh, and I also got a spam email about how to protect your mail account from spam, LOL!

Why are spam emails dangerous?


Let me give you an example. I made an account and posted it at some websites to be invited to games and such (for Facebook games). So there are already about 10 dozens of another account ready to be invited for games too besides mine. And… email collectors found that list and sell it to websites out there responsible for sending spams to our mailbox. Within a week, I have gotten 1111 mails categorized as spams by gmail’s default filter. And another 584 spams which has gotten through that filter. Like this, I definitely can’t use the account anymore, can I? It is very hard to look at hundreds of mails and you may miss your important mails because you are distracted by the other unimportant spam mails.

Those spams are really annoying, right? But worry no more, because there are several ways to protect your mail from those things.

1. Do not use your primary email address to sign up at websites

Well, you may want to make another email accounts and protect your primary account (primary is for work or family use). Sometimes those websites out there keep sending you mails even you do not want them. Some can be unsubscribed, but some will just nag you forever. Or even worse, the website will sell your email address to the email collector out there, ready to send another tons of spam to your address.

2. Change how you write your email address

Instead of writing saya@mymailacc.com, you may want to write saya [a t] mymailacc [d o t] com. There are people out there who try collect all email address in the world to be their spam target you know. And usually using a script to copy any email addresses which are found in the search engine. So make sure they do not get that easily by confusing the script.

Custom Filter

3. Use filter on your account

This kind of thing has been pretty common nowadays. Famous mail services all have this kind of features.Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Google all give you the filter thingy. Besides the main filter for general spam, they also offer you to make your own custom filter. For example, you can have “Rules for sorting new messages” from Hotmail.

Now you can be relieved and read your electronic mail without disturbance from those unwanted perturbing mails. Have a great day!

2 comments on “Spam Oh Spam…

  1. thaveann
    January 12, 2011

    well, since spam stand for : Stupid Pointless Annoying Message, no wonder its irritating šŸ˜€
    and like you said, dont use your primary email address, I have 4 emails, and I never open 3 of it..
    if I open it, I only check all the mails, and delete them..
    the worst record I ever have is about five thousand, and it took half hour to delete all of them..
    now I think, I should’ve screenshot it.. ahahahahah..

    • tida
      January 13, 2011

      Yeah, nowadays you ought to have more than 1 e-mail addresses. For those who often use internet though. Nice collection of spam there, huh? :p

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