What you should know about spam
What you should do about spam
- Set your e-mail filter. An e-mail filter and spam blocking software are absolutely critical. Set these security measures to update automatically to ensure that you are protected from the latest threats.
- NEVER reply to spam. Replying to spam, even to "unsubscribe," could set you up for more spam.
- Protect your e-mail address and instant message ID. If you must post this information online, set up two identities, one for real use and one for online activities.
- Be wary of e-mail attachments. Change the settings on your e-mail program so that images and attachments are not opened automatically. Only open attachments from users known to you.
- Watch out for phishing scams. Don't click on links in e-mails or instant messages unless the sender is known to you. Instead, open a separate web browser and visit the site directly.
- Create smart and strong passwords. Use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
- Never enter your personal information in a pop-up window.You may not be able to tell when a scammer has hijacked a seemingly legitimate site.
- Don't fill out online surveys, or register for contests or fan clubs. These may be fronts for spammers trying to collect your e-mail address.