E-mail spam, bulk e-mail and junk e-mail, they mean the same thing. They are a subset of spam that involves almost identical messages that you receive. Spams are unsolicited bulk email (UBE).
activemedications.com has never supported spam since its inception. We never believe in sending out spam messages. If you are receiving spam, we recommend that you install spam-filters such as:
- SpamWall (www.spamwall.com)
- Google’s Postini (www.postini.com/postini_solution/email_security.php)
- Cloudmark (www.cloudmark.com)
Google’s Postini has plans that range from US$ 3.00-US$35.00.
Let us fight spam menace. Here are suggestions to help you avoid email trouble.
- Say NO to porn. There are messaging software filtering tools that reject mail from frequent spammers’ email address or with words like sex, porn or free meds in the subject line. Setting software filtering tools are very easy. Just log on to your email, click on the setting and follow the directions.
- Avoid nasty spam. If your internet service provider doesn’t have one, you may opt for other spam blocking services because there are several out there that you can choose from. You may choose Google’s Postini or Brightmail (www.brightmail.com). By using this software, you can see how many of your email gets tossed into the spam folder every day.
- Suspect everyone. Most unsolicited email is harmless. They’re sent from someone who just wants to make a sale or generate a list. However, there are players out there that are trying to scam you. Do not reply to those emails. Do not even unsubscribe them. It will only alert the senders that your email address is being used.
- Join Users Anonymously. Not unless you are involved in internet commerce. You should pull your listing from the large directory services. Even though you didn’t sign up but your email address may be listed in the large databases.
- There are players out there who would send you cookie collector to snag your information. Cookies, by the way, are trackers that remember your IP address. They are helpful and convenient for sites that you use often and that you don’t have to go through the entire validation process. To avoid cookie sent via email, use email client software like Eudora Pro. This will let you shut off its browser automatic Web Browser rendering engine.
- Digitally sign and encrypt all your sensitive email messages. If your messaging software doesn’t support robust encryption, you can use Read Notify (http://www.readnotify.com) or download PGP Freeware encryption software at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html.
- Do not use your browser to read your email on someone else computer. If you do, use the Clear History when you finish preventing subsequent users from getting into your mailbox.
- Encrypt and zip important attachments. Most computers have WinZip installed in them. But if you do not have, you can find it at (http://.winzip.com). WinZip is easy to use software that will compress and password protects all your attachments.
- Keep your antivirus updated. Antivirus can protect your system.
- Do not send sensitive personal messages on your computer because those IT people can spy on you.
- Do not leave your email logged on, on your work machine while your desk at work is unoccupied.