How much spam does your inbox eat?

Spam mail

Spam is a vexatious issue that nearly everyone with an email address has to put up with. However, there are measures that you can take to limit the number you receive, to as little as possible.

We have listed below several strategies that we recommend:

Tip 1:

If you do receive spam, let us know about it. Email ‘ask@arcanumwebdesign.com’ to let us know what you are receiving. In your email please include your name, company, the address the spam is coming from and the nature of it. This allows us to track down the source of the spam and add it to a list of addresses on the server that permanently prevents mail from that particular address coming through.

Tip 2:

If you’re not sure if an email is spam, hover your mouse over a link inside it. When hovering over links or checking where the email came from, always remember to check the URL or domain name to make sure that it matches the contents of the email. For example, if you received an email about Rugby shirts and the links inside the email and the ‘from’ address are pointing to ‘lotsofrubbish.com’ you can safely say its spam.

Delete if you're unsure

Tip 3:

If you receive an email from a sender you don’t recognise, the safest thing to do is simply delete it.

Tip 4:

Remember to keep your anti-virus software up to date. If it doesn’t perform updates automatically, ensuring that you manually update it will keep your machines and network safer. If you don’t have any, we recommend you get some and we suggest ‘AVG Free Edition’. This is a highly reliable and free anti-virus software that runs silently on your computer and updates automatically, plus, it will scan all your emails too.

Tip 5:

When signing up to or ordering from websites, be vigilant for the ‘click this if you do not want to receive email’ tick box. Depending on the website, you may need to tick it to say that you don’t want to receive emails. This can help reduce spam and prevents your email being passed on to another company.

Careful with your details

Tip 6:

Whenever an email or link from an email asks for personal details, be specifically careful giving them. Be confident that the website belongs to a legitimate source before you commit your information to it.

Tip 7:

Don’t trust every website you visit or links from an email. Remember to investigate them, check for a VAT number, a valid address and company number. This way the website is providing credibility and trust, therefore you can be sure to trust it, the information on it and what it will do with your information.

Following these simple tips will help reduce the amount of spam you receive and the danger of infecting your computer from hidden viruses.

For more information please call us on 0845 652 1980, or email us ask@arcanumwebdesign.com.

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