So, there you are, quietly sitting down at your computer and as you click and drag your way to your email inbox, you notice something very strange. Emails ranging from “How To Please Your Partner in 250 Ways” or “6 Easy Steps To A Better Prostate” crowd your inbox. For a second, you think, “Hey, I didn’t ask for all of this?” Then, even before you’ve had a moment to digest the first batch, more unsolicited emails jam into your inbox filling it to the rim and making an otherwise peaceful day of emailing friends, a tormenting day clicking through a mine field of spammer traps.
There are so many avenues for unsolicited emails to sneak into your inbox. Even as you read this article, spammers are creatively inventing more ways to entice you to click your way to their pocketbooks. Fortunately, there are creative ways to protect yourself from unsolicited emails and spammers. Here are three easy steps that you can utilize to protect your inbox from spammers and unsolicited emails.
First, within your email application-such as Microsoft Outlook-set up filters or rules that allow only emails, for example, that have your specific email address listed. Filters are a first response way of preventing anything malicious from entering into your inbox. Think of a filter like a bouncer at a night club or a sentry at a gate. Unless you have the proper credentials, you’re not getting inside. Of course, spammers know this technology-very much the same way teenagers know how to create fake identifications-but in an ideal situation, it helps to start the inbox securing process by using filters. Essentially, they act as a strong deterrent against petty scam artists and spammers that lack the experience to dedicate more time and energy into getting into your inbox. Of course, the stronger the filter, the more secure your inbox will be.
Second, don’t click on every link you see within your email. Take note of the link and if you happen to have a funny feeling about the safety of the link, don’t click on it. Ask yourself some very important questions: Is the link posing as an advertisement or a malicious pop-up? Does the link smell funny or too hot or cold to the touch? There are varying degrees of software filters and even browsers such as Internet Explorer that provide additional security measures in preventing unwanted solicitations. Moreover, sometimes by clicking on a link within your inbox, a trigger will automatically be sent back to the spammer that your email account is active and ready for more spam. More often than none, spammers will intentionally send thousands upon thousands of these drones out to find a few accounts that are willing to serve as drones. By being proactive, you can avoid this.
Lastly, do your homework. Articles like this one only scrape the surface of what truly will make your email inbox more secure. By installing filters, and even tackling firewall security, you’ll stand a better chance of being prepared for spammer battle. As technology changes, you too should change your approach in understanding how to secure your inbox. It shouldn’t take a graduate degree in Information Security to understand the details in securing your inbox but rather, a few moments of your day to look into details that will make your inbox less of a target for spammers and the like. In doing so, you’ll stand tall and avoid lingering days of playing Russian roulette within your email.
Are you ready to make your inbox more secure?