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3 Ways to Get Rid of Email Spam

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Email spam is annoying enough, and it can put firms' digital safety at risk, but having proper strategies can protect firms from dangers.

FREMONT, CA: With a large portion of the workforce now working remotely due to the COVID-19pandemic, organizations' reliance on email has reached an all-time high - and so has the risk that users and firms face online daily. Email is one of the favorite targets among cybercriminals, exploiting frequent misconfigurations, inadequate built-in protection, and the inherent uniformity of online platforms to steal sensitive data and offer dangerous spam in sophisticated, evasive attack campaigns. Email spam often comes from illegitimate email addresses and may have explicit or illegal content. There are various ways to help slow the tide of email spam. So, here are some simple ways organizations can take to help eliminate email spam.

Marking as Spam

Most email services have algorithms that filter out email spam and junk mail by tucking them away in a folder. But if firms find a spam email in their regular inbox, don't delete the message — but mark it as email spam. Marking a suspicious email as spam will send it to a separate folder. Moving forward, if organizations receive any more emails from the same address, the spam filter will know no to allow it into the inbox.

Deleting Email Spam

There is a rule to managing email spam. Such messages may have software that tells the sender the organization has opened the email, confirming it has an active account, resulting in even more email spam. Some malware programs can steal email addresses and use it to resend email spam under the guise of a legitimate address.

Keeping Email Address Private

Giving out firms' email addresses can increase the number of spam emails they receive. So if it is not important to share, keep it private. Also, firms should consider changing their email privacy settings. If brands post on social media or leave online comments, try not to post email. If there is no such choice, it might help create a separate email address to be used solely for social media uses, thus assisting in ensuring the main email address remains private.