Why Do I Get Spam?

By disclosing your e-mail address

This is the main reason why you are getting all this spam email. 95% of all junk mail you get is because you gave your email address to somebody, somehow, somewhere.
Ask yourself to whom you gave your email address.

Examples to whom you disclosed your email address

Online Forums
News Groups
Sign-ups software downloads
From IRC and chat rooms
your homepage
your business card
White & yellow pages
your friends!
This list only contains the main sources where you disclose your email address.

Other sources of Spam Email
Through Mail Relaying

Mail Relaying is sending mail to a user that is not local to the server you have connected to. It slows down your email and gives spammers free bandwidth.
Through dictionary attacks

This happens when spammers connect to your server and just trying random address or even stepping through the alphabet. Some servers will block the sending server after X number of failures, some set max recipients per message and others set a delay between recipients to slow down the spammer, causing them to go elsewhere.
Through the selling of e-mail addresses

Companies sell your information to other companies.
Trojans/Script capturing

By using HTML e-mails, spammers can confirm your email address. Best to disable preview window and delete the message. You can disable HTML or even block the email client from communicating on port 80.

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What is Spam?

Spam Blocker Tips

– Tips & Tricks to block spam before it reaches your email address.
This tutorial is intented to teach you all necessary knowledge you need to know about spam and spam related issues and how to block spam email.

We do not go into the very details of each issue. For more detailed information please follow the detailed links provided in each section.
Spam FAQ provides you an easy to read SPAM FAQ, but also interesting facts and “how to” tutorials related to spam. This topics include

What is spam
What is not spam
Why do I get spam
How to protect yourself from spam
Free Fake Email Address
Free Spam Filters
Free Spam Tools and Services
Commercial Spam Solutions
How to report spam
Spam Law
Spam Criminals
What is Spam?

You probably heard that question a thousand times. Here is a simple short definition.

An inappropriate attempt to use email, USENET, or another networked communications facility as if it was a broadcast medium (which it isn’t) by sending the same message to numerous people who didn’t ask for it.

What is not Spam

There is no clear definition of what can be considered Spam / Junk Email and what is not. Email is not Spam by itself. Even if the subject matter or attachments are offensive, the mail is not of itself an attack on the ability of the user or network to receive email or use the Internet. The message generally must be commercial or bulk to classify as Spam.

If you sign up for a mailing list or give a company your e-mail address and agree to receive e-mail, even if you are sent a metaphorical sack full of e-mail every day, it isn’t regarded to be Spam. All such lists should offer you a legitimate way to remove your address, however, if they sell your address without your authorization and a third party sends you bulk e-mail, that is Spam.

After all, it is you who decides what is spam and what is not spam. Take matters into your own hand and block spam with myTrashMail.com.

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