Spam is the electronic equivalent of a paper advertisement that is thrown into your mailbox. However, spam is not just annoying and annoying. It is dangerous, especially if it is part of phishing.
Spam in huge quantities is sent by e-mail by spammers and cybercriminals, the purpose of which is:
to extract money from a certain number of recipients who responded to the message;
conduct a phishing attack to fraudulently obtain passwords, credit card numbers, bank credentials, etc.;
distribute malicious code on recipient computers.
How to protect yourself from spam and phishing
Below are some useful tips from Kaspersky Lab’s team of experts in the field of Internet security that will help reduce the amount of spam in your email inbox.
Get yourself some email addresses
It is best to have at least two email addresses.
Personal email address
This address should only be used for personal correspondence. Since spammers create lists of possible email addresses (using combinations of obvious names, words, and numbers), it is necessary to come up with an address that will be difficult for spammers to guess. Your personal address should not consist simply of your first and last name, but to protect it, follow the recommendations below.
Never publish your personal email address on publicly accessible Internet resources.
If you need to publish a personal address in electronic form, try to disguise it so that spammers cannot “recognize” it. For example, “[email protected] ” is a simple address that spammers will easily find. Instead, try to imagine it like this: “Иван-точка-Петров-собака-уаһоо.сом “.
If you need to publish a personal address on a website, it is safer to do it in the form of a graphic file, rather than as a link.
If the personal address is detected by spammers, it should be changed. Despite the resulting inconvenience, changing the email address will help to avoid receiving spam.