What is spam?
Although there is no internationally agreed-upon definition of “spam”, you know what spam is when you see it: junk email from someone you don’t know or selling you something you don’t want…
How much spam is out there?
If you have a hotmail™, gmail™ or yahoo™ account (and these days, who doesn’t?) you know how fast email can fill up your inbox. In fact, almost 70% of all emails sent are spam.
Protect your computer
Install and regularly update anti-spam software. You can find out more by visiting information sites like www.about.ca. If you don’t have the extra protection of a firewall software, get it. This software usually comes with anti-virus protection. So you won’t just cut down on spam, you also cut your risk of getting a virus that the spam may contain.
Protect your email address
Have at least two email addresses. Give one out to the people you trust: friends, family, business contacts. Use the other email address for your other online needs, like when you’re shopping online, making reservations or entering a contest.
Don’t try, don’t buy and don’t reply to spam – not even to remove yourself from the mailing list. Replying to spam mail just confirms that your email address is active. Then your address will be sold to spammers and you’ll receive even more spam. The most effective and easiest way to deal with spam is to delete it. You’ll help prevent receiving spam in the future.
By the numbers
— 83.11% —
According to Industry Canada, in January 2005 just over 83% of all emails were identified as spam.
— 5000 —
Some Nortel Network employees received 5000 spam emails a day.
Infamous spam scam
If you’ve seen this email or one like it, you know it’s not true. Bill Gates isn’t sharing his fortune. The cheque’s not in the mail. And no one’s tracking emails. But people keep forwarding the money from Microsoft Spam, irritating friends and family in the hopes of easy money.