Be The Black Hole Of Spam And Phishing, Take Security Seriously
If you get an email that looks suspicious, report it, and move on.
Months ago, I made the mistake of registering for Parler. The idea was that I would visit their site and find writing prompts for articles. I’ve been getting spammed ever since.
You might recall that Parler was supposed to be the antithesis of Twitter. Free speech would reign there. Well, it did for a while, but the chore of content moderation caught up with them. Their spammers caught up with me.
I don’t read spam. I don’t click on the links in spam. I won’t even download the images from spam. Why not?
The links that are built into every spam email are designed to provide feedback to the sender. If I click on a link in spam, that tells the sender that there is someone at the receiving end. Someone with a wallet.
From there, my email address is shared with other marketers. And so it begins. The emails come promising to increase the size of my penis, grow hair on my head, help me to recover a long-lost refund, or an opportunity to help a displaced Nigerian prince recover his family estate.
The ladder vs the wall.
The major email services all have spam filters. Gmail, Microsoft Outlook Online, and Apple, all have great spam filters. Their webmail systems make it easy to report spam and phishing.
To those who are not familiar, phishing is the practice of using email to get recipients to divulge personally identifiable information that could be used to compromise a person’s security or identity.
Phishing emails use suggestive language to elicit personal or security information from the intended victim. Just one click. Once that information is released to the predator, it can be used to infiltrate networks, access bank accounts, open credit card accounts, and cause all sorts of other chaos for other people.
Company security is often compromised through email. So companies test their employees for email security. I have seen and heard of stories about employees who were terminated just for clicking on a link in a test spam email. Why?