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Cyber Safety Glossary

Spim

Also Known As:
Instant spam, IM marketing, spIM.

Description:
Spim is the same thing as Spam - unsolicited advertisements - only Spim appears through instant messaging programs instead of email. Spim messages are simulations that appear to be from someone online. They are automated messages that urge the person receiving the message to visit a Web site. These systems use special software programs to troll the Internet looking for instant messaging screen names, which are then added to the "spimmer's" contact list.

How to Recognize This Threat:
Unsolicited product or service advertisements that appear as instant messages.

What Should I Do:
Blocking incoming messages from unknown senders is one way to prevent Spim. There are also a growing number of software programs available that help to filter out Spim messages.