What is Spam?

Who would have thought that the term spam would have come from Monty Pythons Flying circus? The term relates to a segment of the show where a waiter in a restaurant repeats spam on a menu repeatedly until the customer was totally sick of hearing it. Not to mention that the patron didn’t like spam at all. The waiter insisted that they have the spam with every order. The term took off like wildfire and thus entered the computer world as a term for unwanted junk mail.

Spam is now a complete term used for unsolicited mail that is very much unwanted and is sent in mass electronic mailings to a large number of recipients. In the beginning advertisers thought this was a great way to get their message out about their products. But in the end spam is very unnerving to almost everyone. It started to get so bad that company email systems were driven to a halt. Productivity and finances were starting to be affected as spam entered the networks at an alarming rate. The user who sends spam is called a Spammer and they are very much aware of the consequences of their actions today. But spam continues to be a problem as many spammers spoof their identity and continue to spam networks.

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Spam – how to fight back:

One way to fight spam is by looking at the details of the message header of suspected spam mails. Look for the senders IP and email address to see if they are in plain sight. But many times the IP address and address of the sender is hidden or spoofed so they can hide their identity. This can be very frustrating to IT managers to track down the culprit. But there is now a much better way of stopping the attack by using specialized software that does it all for you.

There are many products that are carried to fight spam from companies like McAfee Spam Killer, Symantec Bright mail. My-etrust secure content manager and many other reputable companies who can help in the fight against spam. These are automatic tools that you can use to stop spam in its tracks. Anti spam software can block known spammers specific addresses and watches for subject lines with text that corresponds With spam messages.

Some anti spam software can actually block spam from it original geographical location (other countries)

A few tips

If you have received annoying Spam and it is clogging up your network, there are a few things you can do. We have provided some tips on how to fight back. read below on these tips and maybe it will help cut the spam from your life and get your machines healthy again!

  • Try to find the header of the email. (different email programs have options in the received mail window that allow you to see the details of the senders address). Also it will show what ISP service it came from.
  • Contact the ISP and let them know that their network was used to send spam. They will probably need the header. You can copy and paste this in your email.
  • Purchase anti spam software to protect against the threat.
  • Run a trace route with the address of the suspect spammer and see where it came from.