3 Dangers Spammers Pose to Your Data

Efforts over the past 10 years, such as the Can-Spam Act, have helped to decrease spam, but spammers are still out there and they are still a danger to computer users. Spam can lead to such data breaches as the Sony or Target hacks. Below are 3 dangers that Spam poses and can potential lead to the exposure of sensitive data and can negatively affect your business reputation.

  1. Hijacked and spoofed e-mail addresses: Spammers have discovered new ways to make it appear as though their spam e-mail is coming from YOUR computer. This could result in having your Internet connection terminated or put on hold by your ISP – all without your knowledge. That is why good spam blocking software will not only block inbound spam from your inbox, but also unauthorized outbound spam from your serves.
  2. Virus-carrying spam: Accidentally open a spam e-mail carrying a nasty virus and you can end up with big problems ranging from the slowing of your system to more serious threats such as: system crashes, data loss, identity theft, redirecting your web browser to porn sites, and more.
  3. Phishing Spam: A phishing e-mail appears to be a legitimate e-mail from a bank, vendor, friend, or other trusted source. The purpose is to trick you into giving confidential information such as bank accounts, social security numbers, passwords, and credit card information. It then directs you to a very convincing web site where you input certain information the spammer is trying to glean. In reality, this is a malicious third party that is going to use your information to open credit card accounts, access your account, steal money, and cause you other major identity and financial problems.

Keeping a lookout for these three dangers is the first step to securing your sensitive data from the threat of spam. In our next blog we will reveal 5 simple practices that are essential for protecting your data.