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What is Spam - Email Security



Spam is unwanted email. It is email that a user has not requested for, or is expecting. Spam emails are also known as junk or bulk emails, are sent by spammers, usually attempting to legally or illegally sell products or services. Spammers send copies of an email to as many users as they can. Today over 90% of email’s are spam email. This was a major issue around the world, and was taking up an individual’s time deleting spam mail and using business resources such as bandwidth, until security solutions hit the market filtering spam on the perimeter of the network. Laws have been put into place to prosecute spammers; however spam email seems to be on the rise all the time. Spam email is also known as unsolicited (Not looked for or requested) email.


Where do spammers receive email address from?

Email addresses are collected from a number of sources as detailed below;

- Websites, most commonly when a user purchases a product or service and specifies their email address as part of an online transaction

Email addresses are exchanged or sold to other spammers.


How to avoid being spammed

Further Reading

Wikipedia's guide to Spam