Simmers & Co
Topical Points Answer
Spam is everywhere on the internet and even originates within offices. The key
to minimising the amount of spam you need to sift through is to have a solution
installed to filter your email movements at your email gateway. This will
protect you from spam and also from viruses and worms contained within emails.
You should then ensure that your employees use your company email policy which
should include the following:
- Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email. Apart from
protecting you against fraudulent sales schemes, you email address will
not be known to be active and will not, therefore be added to emailing
lists used by the spammers.
- If you do not recognise the sender of an email message do not even
open it. By deleting it unopened you will be protecting yourself against
viruses or other exploits that could damage your computer.
- Never respond to any spam email or use any of the links in the
message. This even includes replying to "unsubscribe" or
"be removed " from lists.
- Do not use your email software to preview emails received as this
can send messages to the spammer.
- When sending out emails to a number of recipients, use the blind
copy field to conceal their email addresses. This helps protect against
spammers "harvesting" traps.