How Do They Get Sent?
Those spam emails you get do not come from thin air and they are not random. After all, no one just magically decides to choose your email address for spam mail. Those spam emails are sent by spammers and there are several ways they do that. They are listed below:
Illegal lists –
This is the practice of buying email addresses from websites and though it is highly illegal, you will be surprises at how common it really is. What happens here is that dishonest employees will sometimes sell information and email addresses that they find in their servers at work. You may expect this to happen in the black market but it also happens in places like eBay. Sometimes, hackers will go into the servers and steal addresses that they will sell to spammers.
Harvesting programs –
Harvesting programs are also called “crawl scrape” programs and they are alarmingly common. Any text in the internet that contains the “@” character are easy prey for these programs and they are so efficient that they can harvest thousands of addresses in just an hour. These are robots and they work tirelessly so you can imagine how many addresses they can accumulate within a day.
Dictionary programs –
These programs are also known as brute force programs and they are the 3rd way by which spammers get their hands on your email addresses. These programs are a lot like hacker programs in the sense that they will come up with alphabetic or numeric combinations of email addresses. Many of their guesses will be incorrect but they go through hundreds and thousands of address guesses in a day and they do hit the jackpot from time to time.
How Will You Prevent Spam in Your Email?
When faced with such tactics, you may think the fight against spam is futile but it really is not. One way to prevent spam in your mail is to use an email address encoding tool. You may also make use of obfuscation to hide your email address. Another thing you can do is to avoid signing up for newsletters that come from sites you do not know.
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