SPAM, IT REMAINS UNPLEASANT

We still do not escape spam. In fact, the number of unwanted messages continues to overwhelm the inbox. In addition to activating a spam filter, you do not regret it.

In the last few months the weather has gotten a good deal. Many people receive regular messages from, for example, 'Albert Heijn' or 'Aldi' about the happy fact that something is fun for them. First click on the link to get right on the luxury treat of course. We can not say it often enough, but this kind of mails. The annoying thing is that they are now written in good Dutch and thus become more reliable. Still, the neppers are easy to recognize easily.

Quick check gives exclusion

First of all, of course, the sender, even though poets and others are poaching, are becoming more convenient. For example, they can simply use a legitimate retrieve address as sender. It is not your intention to answer such mails. You will always be tempted to click on a link in the mail. And by holding the mouse up and down (and not clicking !!!) most mail programs reveal the source of the link. And that leads as you can see in the example below, certainly not in this case Albert Heijn. Get caught and so fake! In this case, the spammer was too lazy to use a very recognizable sender, which is not always the case. But the link (and that can also be a button in the mail) clearly shows that it's wrong. Companies who would give away unpredictable prices, of course, do that through their own official website and address.

Fishing

Therefore, the purpose of this kind of mails is not at all to delight you with a price. It is mainly 'fishing', either trying to figure out your data. Often you end up following a click on the link in a fishing mail (again: do not do it!) On a fairly convincing looking website. And then it soon turns out what to do. Suddenly you are asked for the shirt of the body. In addition to your bonus card number (to name but a few), you will also need to give your address, passport number, credit card details and much more before you receive the prize - which never really comes. Should you step in there, you confront yourself with a life-sized problem. Criminals can take out the most filthy things from your name. They stay out of place, but the police are at your doorstep. Explaining that you have nothing to do with that Afghan weaponry will cost a lot of time.

Spam filter

Fortunately, most mail providers, mail programs, and Internet security packages provide a spam filter. Enable and use it. The disadvantage of such a spam filter is that, even at the beginning, legitimate messages are blocked. It is therefore important to properly arrange such a filter. For example, by whitelisting (whitelists) of all your legitimate contacts. You never miss mail from family, friends or colleagues. At the same time, these filters also often learn by marking active mail as spam in the beginning (or just as non-spam). After a while, it works amazingly well. By setting a spam filter with your (mail) provider, you will never see the messages even appearing on your own computer or smartphone. In fact, they are not even retrieved.

To check

With an active spam filter, it is a matter of checking the folder with filtered spam messages on a regular basis. As mentioned, no spam filter is perfect and you may miss a significant message. Alternatively, a spam filter is not able to block any malicious message. Spammers are becoming more inventive, making it difficult to recognize neppers automatically. So keep your common sense, too. If something sounds too good to be true, it is. Banking mails are completely misinterpreted. There is hardly any bank that corresponds to e-mail. And they will never ever ask for access codes, passwords and anything else. For the rest, just take spam. As long as the law or technology behind email is not changed, you're sorry to keep it. Before digital spam really ends up in a museum it will take a while.