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Cyber Safety Glossary

Spam

Also Known As:

Junk email, Unsolicited email.

Description:
Spam is unsolicited email, advertising products or services. Spam is equivalent to junk mail and spammers have developed many ways of obtaining email addresses. Addresses are sold to spammers by unscrupulous Web sites. Spammers also use automated programs to troll the Web and collect valid email addresses. The term "Spam" is widely believed to be borrowed from the Monty Python Spam song, because like the phrases in the song, computer spam just keeps coming - "spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam…"

How to Recognize This Threat:
Unsolicited product or service advertisements that are sent via email.

What Should I Do:
Be judicious in giving out your email address. Many people have two email addresses, one for family and friends and the other for general use. Never request to be removed from a Spammer's list. This simply tells the Spammer that your email address is valid and therefore worth selling to other Spammers. Never click on anything in a spam email. Delete the entire message. Most Internet service and email services offer Spam filters. Make sure to enable the filters. There are a host of Spam software programs available both for purchase and free download.