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Security and Privacy 101: How to Prevent Spam
Tips for Preventing Spam from U. of Texas     Turning Off Graphic Images in Your E-Mail
Who's Spamming Who? Could It Be You?    Install a Free Firewall    Install Free Anti-Spyware
Purchase Anti-Virus Software    Recommended Links

Everyday Tips for Reducing Spam!
Tips for protecting your e-mail address from spammers

Security and privacy 101: how to prevent spam

We’ll show you how to prevent spam from entering your inbox and give you some valuable tips for gaining control over your e-mail. Topics Include:  » Identifying the culprit » Handling the evidence » Handy prevention tips.

Tips for Preventing Spam

Avoid the “unsubscribe” feature included in spam messages. Most spam includes instructions on how to "remove yourself from the list.” More often than not, these removal instructions do not work. Instead, when you click on the link to unsubscribe you are verifying that you have a valid e-mail address and spammers will then permanently add you to their list or sell your address to others.

Do not reply to the spam message. This also lets spammers know they have found a valid e-mail address.

Consider where you share your personal information online. Spammers harvest e-mail addresses from Web pages and USENET news groups. Any address posted to a Web page or used in online forums will almost certainly be used by spammers.


Turn Off Graphic Images in Your E-Mail Account

Some spammers use graphics files in their HTML messages to discover if an account is active. When you read the message, the e-mail client downloads the graphic, alerting the spammer.

To avoid this, deselect the option to automatically download HTML graphics.
In Eudora:
In Eudora, this option is found under the Tools menu in Options in the Display category. Uncheck the Automatically download HTML graphics checkbox.
In Outlook Express:
Click on Tools > Options > Security. Find the text "Download Images." Place a check inside the box next to:  "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail."
In Yahoo:

You can access the Spam Protection features in your Yahoo E-Mail Account by clicking on "Edit Preferences" at the bottom of any e-mail, or by clicking on "Mail" in the menu bar (top left), and choosing "Options" from the drop-down menu. Then click on "Spam Protection." In Step 3, you have the option of blocking graphic images from being displayed.

Here's the text from Step 3:

Spam Protection:  Step 3 of 3: Image Blocking
Some images and graphics in email alert the sender that you've opened the message, which verifies that your email address is active. If you block these from being downloaded, the sender won't get this information -- and spammers are less likely to buy your address in the future if they don't know it's active.

O  Don't block any images:  We don't recommend this option, because it doesn't prevent spammers from validating that your email address is active.

O  Block images in messages that SpamGuard thinks are spam:  This protects you from accidentally validating that your email address is active when viewing a message in your Bulk folder.

O  Block all images:  This way, you're always protected when you open a message. If you determine that the email is "safe," you can just unblock the images in the message to view them.

In Hotmail:

Click on the link for "Options" in the upper right side of your e-mail account. This is a small, white text link. On the Mail Options Page, click on "Mail Display Settings." On the Mail Display Settings Page, select "Automatically suppress Internet content in messages." in order to prevent graphic images from being displayed.

Here is the text from Hotmail:  

Display Internet content:  To protect you and your account from misrepresentation, junk e-mailers, etc., you may suppress Internet content (i.e., links to web sites, images, etc.) in messages until you decide to display it. (Note: Internet content will always be suppressed for messages in the Junk E-Mail folder.)

O  Display Internet content      O  Automatically suppress Internet content in messages


Who’s Spamming Who? Could It Be You? January 28, 2004

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new consumer alert, “Who’s Spamming Who? Could it be You?,” that warns consumers of spammers who may be compromising other people’s computers to send unsolicited – and possibly offensive – email offers for products and services. Computer security experts estimate that as much as 30 percent of all spam is sent by compromised computers located in home offices and living rooms, but controlled from afar.

According to the FTC, spammers can compromise computers in several ways, depending upon the type of Internet connection. Broadband connections are the most vulnerable and attractive to spammers because they are “always on.” Spammers install a hidden software that allows remote access to your data and programs, which then allows the spammer to send messages from your computer.

“Spam isn’t just annoying, it also can be a threat to computers and personal information,” said Howard Beales, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall that’s properly configured will go a long way toward keeping computers secure. In addition, consumers should be very cautious about opening email attachments.”

If your computer has been taken over by a spammer, you could face serious problems. Your Internet Service Provider may prevent you from sending any email at all until the virus is treated, and treatment could be a complicated, time-consuming process. To avoid becoming an unwitting culprit, the FTC encourages you to:

  • Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date. Look for anti-virus software that recognizes current viruses, as well as older ones; can effectively reverse the damage; and updates automatically.
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from email messages you receive.
  • Use a firewall to protect your computer from hacking attacks while it is connected to the Internet. A properly configured firewall makes it tougher for hackers to locate your computer and get into your program and files.
  • Check your “sent items” file or “outgoing” mailbox to see if there are messages that you did not intend to send.
  • If your computer is infected, take action immediately. Disconnect from the Internet and then scan your computer with an anti-virus software.

Learn more about securing your computer at:


Why You Need a Firewall

Install a Free Firewall from Zone Alarm!
A firewall offers a layer of protection to keep intruders from hacking into your computer. There is a wonderful FREE firewall from Zone Alarm, which I highly recommend. I mean, how many things in life are free? Why not take advantage of this fantastic software and help to keep your computer safer.
Visit the Zone Alarm Web Site to Download Your Free Firewall for Home Users

Install Free Anti-Spyware Software

*Webmaster's note:  I use both of these anti-spyware/anti-adware programs. It seems that each one finds something the other one missed, so I run each program about once every week or two to keep my computer running smoothly.
Ad-Aware, from Lavasoft
Ad-Aware is designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. With the release of Ad-Aware SE Personal edition, Lavasoft takes the fight against Spyware to the next level.www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Spybot Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.

If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Spybot-S&D is the best (according to PC World, PCMag.com, ...) privacy software available! If you're new to Spybot-S&D, we recommend that you read a bit about it first (unless you want to skip that and directly download it); if you are looking for help, our support section will be the place you are looking for. . www.safer-networking.org  ·   www.spybot.info


Install Anti-Virus Software & Update your Virus Definitions
Make sure your computer is protected by Anti-Virus software. You can set it up to automatically download new virus definitions as they become available. This is important to keep your computer safe and protected. There are hundreds of anti-virus software programs from which to choose, so I no longer endorse any specific product. If you have a favorite, feel free to drop me an email with your info. I'm always happy to discover new, cool programs.


Recommended Links

Home PC Firewall Guide

How Stuff Works:  Firewalls

Anti-Virus Guide

How Stuff Works:  Computer Viruses

Anti-Spyware Guide

Spam Stoppers

How to Prevent Spam

Spam-Based Scams & Phishing

Experts: 'Phishing' more sophisticated,
Thursday, January 20, 2005 Posted: 9:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Internet "phishing" scams are becoming more difficult to detect as criminals develop new ways to trick consumers into revealing passwords, bank account numbers and other sensitive information, security experts say.

Scam artists posed as banks and other legitimate businesses in thousands of phishing attacks last year, sending out millions of "spam" e-mails with subject lines like "account update needed" that pointed to fraudulent Web sites.

Click on link to read the full article:


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Who's Spamming Who? Could It Be You?    Install a Free Firewall    Install Free Anti-Spyware
Purchase Anti-Virus Software    Recommended Links

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