Spam: Counteractive Measures

Spam: Counteractive Measures
The following paper has been compiled in response to users’ reports of a recent increase in spam and phishing attacks when using their email. Users have described issues resulting in lost productivity due to the resulting levels of additional maintenance and digital housekeeping that is required to be carried out in order to eliminate the effects of these pernicious junk emails and in some cases, more malicious attacks. This report will outline what the user can do in order to effectively counter the consequent negative aspects of having experienced the various associated digital attacks and privacy violations. Precautionary measures will also be discussed along with other ways in which users can take preventative care in order to ensure that the maximum level of safety and security can be achieved for all users during their email interactions.
The term ‘Spam’ can be used to describe a variety of digital security email attacks which may or may not make their way into the inbox of the intended recipient. Such attacks take the form of emails and whilst some are relatively harmless in their essence the vast majority of these emails carry with them the potential to infect the users’ system with a wide variety of malicious software. This resulting malware can include anything from spyware to viruses or Trojans and not only has the capability to collect a user’s personal or sensitive information without their knowledge or permission, they also have the potential to compromise the security of other users on the network or even around the world (e.g. DDOS attacks).
Phishing emails are included under the term spam but these are characterized by their intention to aquire information of some kind. These emails can achieve this by providing links to malware infested websites or direct appeals to the user which eventually lead to the sender asking for personal information, usually in the form of bank details....