What is a Spammer? Is it good to be a Spammer?

The Spammer is related to the junk mails that arrive without permission to our inbox. Every day this type of advertising becomes more and more common. In fact, although everyone finds it very annoying and invasive, there are thousands of companies that are dedicated to imparting content without users’ permission.

Why do they do it? What is the purpose of spam? And of course how to protect yourself from Spammer? Below, I will address all of these questions.

What is Spam

Before breaking this topic down, it is necessary to understand the basic idea. Spammers are those companies that engage in sending thousands of emails with advertisements. This type of advertisements are very annoying because they are delivered in exaggerated quantities. It is important to note that spam also includes promotions that aim to learn personal information about users.

The above is evidence that spam includes any form of invasive content communication. And as for the Spammer it may be a company or a user (bot) who wishes to deceive users with malicious information of a misleading nature.

Why do some companies resort to Spam?

This question is of great interest, because it can be said that everyone who has used the Internet for at least a year has been the target of malicious advertising. And is that sometimes if you enter pages of dubious origin you expose yourself to these types of attacks.

Now, well, companies have to navigate in a sea full of wild beasts, therefore, they want visibility at all costs, for that reason they resort to Spam.

Some years ago their image was seriously affected by this type of spam, however, now they resort to the use of robots or what we now know as bot, so that they are not directly linked to advertising.

There is no doubt that advertising is necessary in order to get closer to consumers. So, if you want to make yourself known, it is better to use this type of advertising in a balanced way.

One of the most used techniques and that of course is not part of the spam I’m describing; is the use of advertising in the emails that arrive to our Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! or iCloud but with user permissions. If the consumer agrees on their own initiative to be kept informed of your latest products, content, etc., they’ll feel great about receiving these types of announcements in their inbox.

How does an email address get into the hands of Spammers?

When you have been a victim of malicious advertising, it is common for you to ask yourself, How did my email address fall victim to Spam? Well, this kind of people can get your address in different ways, knowing them will help you to avoid falling into their hands.

Harvester

Some pages are of dubious origin, in which certain programs are installed in order to track emails with the purpose of flooding your inbox with advertisements. Sometimes they ask you to register in order to view the content.

I’m going to suggest you a trick, instead of giving your email, you can enter some fake mail page (10 minute mail is one of them) and create an address that only lasts for 10 minutes. So, you can enter it in the registration of the page that is asking you for an Email, and presto, the advertisement will arrive to a fictitious email.

Sweepstakes

Not that it’s wrong for you to participate in any of them, but some contracts explicitly say that the information you provide to them is their property. So, if you have placed your personal email address, then this type of Spam will arrive there. To protect yourself, please read the terms and conditions of the sweepstakes you want to participate in.

Types of Spam

There are several ads that qualify as spam. Admittedly, the most well-known is email advertising. Ads that are simply not of interest, sometimes in a language you don’t even speak. But I will mention some of the most used Spam.

Imposters

It is common to receive an advertisement from a well-known bank or company that you trust, such as Amazon, a national bank, etc… in which you are asked to fill in certain information to update your data.

You don’t have to. If you wish you can go directly to the official website and that is where you will enter private information, never do it via email.

winning the lottery

The truth is that this is one of the most traditional scams. You are sent an email telling you that you have won a large sum of money, but you need to make a pre-payment to manage the collection of it. “Error” you will never win a lottery in which you do not remember that you have participated.

HTML documents

Sometimes information arrives in the mail in HTML format, however, you do not know the recipient, if so, it is better not to open this type of message because it may contain scripts in which you can steal important information such as passwords, infect the computer with a virus that damages the operating system, etc.

This form of spamming is very popular, as curiosity is sometimes a great enemy.

How to protect yourself from Spammers

It all depends on the type of advertising you have received. If it is information from a reputable company that is asking you to update the data. Never update it from the mail. Rather go to the official website.

Secondly, never reply to spam, i.e. do not send replies or click where it says you do not wish to receive this type of advertisement. Some Spammers send the spams to fictitious accounts, that is to say invented, therefore, if you answer you will confirm that you exist.

If you already receive advertising you can block it with a spam blocking program. Never open files from addresses you don’t know, they may be viruses that will damage your computer or steal confidential information.

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