Spam emails have become a part of our daily lives, and we often wonder how spammers get our email addresses. It may interest you to know that spammers use complex automated tools to scan the web and gather email addresses. They harvest email addresses from mailing lists, websites, chat rooms, domain contact points, and much more. Therefore, it is essential to understand that if you list your email address online, a spammer will find it.
The best method to prevent your email address from being spoofed is to keep your email addresses private and off of message boards and websites where it can be easily picked up and placed into a spam list. Setting up an SPF record will also help prevent malicious users from spoofing your address.
Your email account may have been compromised if you notice the following six signs – your password has been changed, mails in your inbox that you don’t recognize, you receive unexpected emails, different IP addresses show up on your log, friends receiving spam messages from you, etc.
Spammers can tell if you open an email when you or your email application interact with their message. When your webmail or mobile email app automatically downloads remote resources like photos or graphics, the spam sender immediately knows their content was viewed.
An email account is a gold mine for scammers, they can cause damage to your identity and finances. If hackers gain access to your email, they could have an open doorway to any number of other devices and accounts. They can use your email to reset other account passwords, gain access to credit information or even delete accounts such as social media profiles.
According to Rick’s Daily Tips, you shouldn’t click the unsubscribe button in any questionable spam emails. Instead of clicking unsubscribe, you should mark the message as spam in your inbox.
In conclusion, it is essential to keep your email addresses private and off of message boards and websites. Also, mark messages as spam instead of clicking unsubscribe. By following these simple tips, you can protect yourself from spammers and hackers.