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Phishing, Spam, Fake Email, how to tell??

Avoiding Email Threats

For years I’ve had a Hotmail account I use to sign up for contests, get whitepapers, register software, and unimportant things.

When I get mail on this account, it is 100% stuff I don’t really care about. Usually someone sold that email address to someone else and they are now sending me some kind of nonsense I can completely ignore by virtue of the account it’s received with.

The interesting thing about this is after years of use, I get a lot of mail. In fact that email address has been passed around by 3rd party marketers, scammers, hackers, phishers, the whole lot. What I am able to learn from this is how to tell the difference between a real message and a fake one.

I didn’t sign up with Facebook or Twitter with this account. I also don’t email my family or friends. I don’t use it for anything important like banking, PayPal, or Ebay. So, everything I get on it which CLAIMS to be from any of those sources, I can say without reservation is FAKE.

I encourage EVERYONE I support to get these kinds of email accounts. They not only protect your personal, important email accounts, but can give you a look into what the fake mail looks like so when it arrives in your legitimate mailbox, you just might be able to tell the difference.

If you are getting a great deal of spam in your work email, it is probably too late to stop it.  In those cases, we do email security in a variety of ways including powerful threat management through Email Hosting and Office 365.

Contact us if you would like to know more about how to avoid spam and viruses in your email!

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