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Effects of spam..
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:17:16 AM »
Effects of spam

Aside from the amount of junk arriving in the Inboxes of millions of innocent email users every day, spam can have a more indirect and serious effect on email services and their users.

Runbox has, like most email services, been a victim of forgery by spammers using specially designed software to generate false email headers and From addresses. Using various server names and domains, they confuse domain administrators, email services, and spam victims, concealing the true origin of the messages. See Wikipedia: E-mail_spoofing for more.

Hijacking of real users’ addresses or email accounts is also common. Typically these messages will have the From field showing something like “Lisa W Harold” <>. Please note that such messages have no actual connection to Runbox (to see what a real Runbox header looks like, look at this example). Runbox does not in any way distribute our customers’ email addresses, and is not a source of spam — directly or indirectly.

Several email users have been affected by falsified messages claiming to be from the service’s administrators, stating that users’ account are closed and require some action by the user to be reopened. Such messages often contain viruses and should be ignored or deleted.

When hijackers succeed in sending spam via an email services, it can be temporarily blocked by other services and private domains who try to protect themselves. Runbox does everything we can to prevent this, but it’s important that email users protect their own account with strong passwords to prevent their account being hijacked. See Tips for choosing and protecting passwords for more information.

If you have had email sent from Runbox blocked by the receiving service, please contact Runbox Support, and also file a complaint to the postmaster or support desk of the domain in question. Often, setting your From address under preferences as or will circumvent such domain blocks (all Runbox addresses are synonymous on the .com, .no, and .us top level domains).



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Re: Effects of spam..
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 06:01:35 AM »

Spam is flooding the internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would otherwise choose not to receive it. Most spam is commercial, electronic junk mail or email chain letters. Spam cost senders very little to send and or paid by the recipient or the carrier not the sender. Email spam targets individual users with direct mail messages.
Email spam lists or often created by scanning Usenet postings, stealing internet mail list and searching the web for addresses. One particular nasty variant of email spam is sending spam to mailing lists. Because mailing list limits activity to their subscribers, spammers will use automated tools to subscribe to as many, mailing list as possible. They then use the mailing lists as a direct target for their attacks. Never reply to spam, this let spammers verifies that this is a known good address. Be careful where you place an email address on the web, so it is not machine readable.
In addition to wasting people’s time with unwanted email, spam also eats up a lot of network bandwidth. There or many software developers who have taken it upon themselves to fight spam with a variety of techniques but because the internet is public, there is really little that can be done to prevent spam or junk mail. However, some online services have instituted policies to prevent spammers from sending spam to the subscribers. With this in mind you should always use junk mail filters and refrain from opening or responding to unknown and unfamiliar emails. Not only could they be just spam but they may also contain a virus, or Trojan which may be a bigger threat to your computer and cost more money in the long run.



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Re: Effects of spam..
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014, 04:53:15 PM »

the increasingly apparent downside of an Internet on which you can contact whomever you want, is that anyone can contact you.

Unsolicited commercial email, or “spam,” is unquestionably a huge problem. Bulk spammers pay no postage. Ultimately, the resolution is to shift costs back to the sender. The question is whether that should happen legislatively, or via technology, pricing, industry consortia, or some combination.

Ironically, a recent Reuters story indicated that filtering in some ways is becoming too powerful, as even friends are required to jump hurdles to get into their acquaintances’ whitelisted, moat-surrounded mailboxes. It seems the “openness” that was central to the “Internet experience,” as the marketers like to say, is now a bug. It seems no longer the case that everybody necessarily needs or wants to be connected to everybody else, or shares conforming views of what acceptable online etiquette entails.


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Re: Effects of spam..
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 06:08:48 PM »
Individuals, or a group of users, are easily targeted by email spam.

Spam usually arises as a result of giving out your email address on an unauthorized or unscupulous website.

Here are some of the effects of Spam:

    Fills your Inbox with number of ridiculous emails.
    Degrades your Internet speed to a great extent.
    Steals useful information like your details on you Contact list.
    Alters your search results on any search engine.

Spam is a huge waste of everybody’s time and can quickly become very frustrating if you receive large amounts of it like I do.