I am sure every Internet user has received such emails at least once in his lifetime that reads, “This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of 3,000,000.00… Please mention your Name, Age, Sex, Address, Telephone Number, City/State, Country, occupation to claim the amount”. This is one kind of spam message that I received recently. Luckily, I am aware about spamming; I ignored this email and didn’t reply. But, there are many people who come in the trap of these messages and end up in financial losses after providing their personal and bank details to spammers.
Social networking Sites are a Breeding Ground for Spam: Over the years, the use of the Internet and social networking websites have increased remarkably and this is keeping corporate systems and sensitive information at risk. People are scanning their emails to identify spam and Trojans, but social networks are another way to penetrate inside individuals and organizational profiles. The users of social networking websites are clicking on links when they believe they’ve been sent by a friend on their network.
According to a latest report by Kaspersky Lab, social networking sites including the likes of LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr are increasingly being targeted by spammers and phishers. Likewise, a survey report by Sophos states that danger to businesses from social-networking malware is especially high.
Who should be blamed for spamming? Is it users, or social networking websites, or enterprises and their employees? When the online security firms have started blocking emails containing suspect words, spammers moved to social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter for their unethical, bad activities. LinkedIn has more than 135 million members and it enables members to select privacy levels. Fighting scams is not an easy job for these social networks. Facebook’s website maintenance team works hard to identify and block spam users.
Tools to check cyberbullies: The anti-spam industry has done a commendable job in checking emails of spam and blocking the spammers. Let’s talk about some tools that can help enterprises to check spamming.
Crisps Software, a smart IT solution, has been developed to monitor cyberbullies and other troublemakers. This software analyzes users’ language in comments, chat messages, and blog posts, and actions to identify harassment and spamming. This software can interpret messages in nine languages and the analysis is based on word usage. McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security company also offers many products for small and medium size businesses to protect your network, web and email from unwanted spam and junk email. If you are running a social network or online publishing portal, it is important for you to have a plan to deal with spam. You can also check out Akismet, a service that is monitors spam on millions of web sites. It’s particularly popular for blocking spam comments on your WordPress blog.
Spam should be vanished and everyone should take steps to accomplish that. Spamming is not only curse for businesses and individuals but it is bad for society as a whole. Small businesses are easy prey for spammers as they do not have a system administrator to maintain the IT infrastructure. Here are few easy steps that could save you from spammers:
1. You should have a working email address for abuse reports.
2. Don’t rely on a flagging system that’s available to your users.
3. You can use POP-only email addresses to filters junk mail or Spam folder.
4. If you are getting too many spam messages, it it better to turn off your catch-all mailbox. Check out that you haven’t deactivated SpamGuard Plus.
However, while using spam filtering, you should be bit careful unless you might miss any legitimate email.