What Are Unwanted Emails?
Unwanted emails, also known as junk email or spam, is unsolicited bulk emails sent through email. Spam is most commonly used to conduct email fraud. They might also include malware as scripts or other executable file attachment. Spam is also a medium for fraudsters to scam users into entering personal information on a fake website that is a replica of a well known website. This is also known as phishing. There is usually no way for the receiver to opt-out of future emails. The emails are generally sent from a remote IP address to avoid tracking and the law.
Email spam is an email that meets the following criteria
Anonymity: The address and identity of the sender are concealed and cannot be tracked
Mass mailing: The email is sent to large groups of people
Unsolicited: The email is not requested by the recipient and cannot unsubscribe
Effects of unwanted emails or spam emails
One of the problems with spam, and the reason why there is so much of it, is that it is so easy to create and send. Apart from the amount of junk arriving in the mail boxes of innocent users worldwide, Spammers using specially designed software to generate false email headers and From addresses. Using different server names and domains, they create confusion among the domain administrators, email services and spam victims, concealing the true origin of the messages. Hijacking of real user’s address or email account is also common. A Spam email is designed to solicit financial data such as credit card numbers or personal data from users that can be used for identity theft and a whole lot of other crimes.
How to avoid unwanted emails?
Try training your filter: when you find a spam in your inbox just select it and tell your mail client that this particular mail is a spam. For instance, In Gmail, you can click the Report Spam button in the toolbar and notify your server.
Never respond to Spam: if you recognize a spam mail, just don’t open it. In case you open it, do not click on any links or a button or download a file.
Hide your email address: Don’t publish your email address on the web unless you absolutely have to. Use disposable email addresses when you’re not comfortable sharing your real one.
Use third-party anti-spam filter: Most of the major email services have their own spam filters that can be effective for only a few. Using a third party filter on your computer will be more effective as it is more effective and built just to filter spam.
Change your email address: This is only as a last option, if your inbox is overloaded with spam and your spam filter is of no use, it may be your best option. Choose an email address which is difficult to guess.