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The other side of security, scam or spam emails!

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The reality of scams. First of all, everybody makes mistakes. I have clicked on two different phishing emails in the past eight years. Both were sent by the internal security where I worked, so I had to take the additional training to remind me not to click on emails that were fake!

First off, emails that are scams have two things in common right off the bat. Most companies do not send emails with misspellings. Additionally, every company I know always sends links that end in the company name and a .com. (As in https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.company.com&data=02%7C01%7C%7Caedaf7485450411d878f08d7468af642%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637055434951953529&sdata=uo775dkLQ%2Fh7TeIw%2BaytI6RSI2KjbU2xa0yx9TcM%2Byg%3D&reserved=0 is a modifyed URL from a security program)! The corrected version would be http://www.company.com.

Always right-click on the buttons in emails! Right-clicking will show you the URL. The first URL is a made one from a security program. But the reality is you have to be careful. When you right-click on a button it will show where the button is taking you. IF it is not company.com do not click that button. The best thing to do is to delete that email.

Emails in your junk folder cannot do anything to your computer. All functions in the junk folder are disabled. You can test that by taking any email you have with a http or web address and putting it into your junk folder. Then try launching the URL. It won’t work. Copy the email back to your inbox and the URL will work!

A common scam today is the reality of the fake bill or fake account issue. If you are working with Apple directly, or Amazon they might send you a file. They do not, however, ever send you files spontaneously. The file in those cases is a malware attack and designed to ruin your day!

There are no Nigerian princes with millions of dollars to give away!

There are no XYZ country soldiers, trying to move millions of dollars out of the country where they are.

There are no people randomly selecting email addresses and giving away millions of dollars.

All of the,se sadly are scams. If you have an email address you’ve gotten one or more over the years. The very best thing you can do is never open them, delete them and then empty your trash folder.

  • Is the definition of scam versus spam email clear?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does the reality of the internet make you nervous sometimes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Does it make you sad that people act differently when you are not physically near them?

    • Yes
    • No
  • do you get more than 10 spam messages (in your junk folder) a day?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. Q: Is the definition of scam versus spam email clear?
    Yes (9 votes) – 100%
    Q: Does the reality of the internet make you nervous sometimes?
    Yes (5 votes) – 71%
    No (2 votes) – 29%
    Q: Does it make you sad that people act differently when you are not physically near them?
    Yes (6 votes) – 86%
    No (1 votes) – 14%
    Q: do you get more than 10 spam messages (in your junk folder) a day?
    Yes (3 votes) – 43%
    No (4 votes) – 57%

        • i wrote an article about that back in the Niume days. They play on the fear of the unknown.

          How could, with more than a billion computers in the world (that generate on average 20 errors a day) can you capture 20 billion error messages. Keep them for at least 48 hours. Search that data (which would be well beyond 2 to 4 petabytes or more of data) find consistent errors. Then go back and link them to a specific computer.

          All done, without any of the actual computer information shared with the error message.

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