Out of all the emails you receive every single day, 80% of them are likely to be spam. Most of time they are just a nuisance, but spam emails can be malicious and could potentially steal your personal details and infect your computer with viruses. Here are our 5 tips on dealing with spam emails:
- Do not respond to spam emails
Spammers randomly target thousands and thousands of email addresses. Getting one reply is enough for them to justify continuing to do it. It is also important to never make a purchase from an unsolicited email as you are likely to fall prey to spammers and have your bank details stolen.
- Do not reply with ‘remove’
Some spam emails will ask you to reply with ‘remove’ if you wish to unsubscribe from their mailing list. This is just a trick and your reply tells the sender that there is a person registered to your email address. By doing this, your email address is more likely to be sold on and you will see an increase in spam emails.
- Delete any emails from senders you do not recognise
The safest thing to do when you receive a spam email is to delete it. Do not open it, and absolutely do not click on any links within the email.
- Avoid using the preview functionality setting
Some spammers may use advertising techniques to track when a message is viewed, even if you don’t click anything. Once spammers see that there is a person using the email address, they will sell it on and you will receive even more spam.
- Consider using a secondary email address
If you are signing up to an online forum or a similar website and you do not want to receive their emails, consider using an email address that is not your main one. This will prevent spam being sent to your primary inbox.