How Do Spammers Find You?

How Do Spammers Find You?

It seems the holiday season always means more spam mail. As you await important messages from family and friends, your inbox overflows while you’re out shopping because of unwanted spam. Nobody wants to be exposed so how do these tenacious spammers find you anyway?

Here are a few ways spammers find you while you’re going about your normal online activities:

Mailing lists make you subject to spam. Some mail servers provide mailing lists upon request. Others involve trickery on behalf of the spammers. Either way, use caution when signing up for mailing lists and make sure your information won’t be shared.

Web pages you visit could leave you open for spam communications. Spammers have their own spiders that crawl through web pages to look for email addresses. Some even send targeted email based on web pages you visit. If you recently looked up a particular product then received an email from a similar site, you were spammed thanks to recent website visit.

Guest books, registration forms and other web forms also make you more accessible to spammers. The form may become available on the web or the website may sell email lists to other companies. Before you decide to register for a website or leave your personal information verify the SSL certificate and make sure your details won’t be shared.

Domain name registrations are another way spammers attempt to contact you. Since website contact addresses are typically correct, spammers attempt to sent emails about your domain registration to harvest your information. Know your web hosting company and don’t accept communications about your domain name from anyone else.

Browsing the web leaves you open to spam. Some spammers use a variety of tricks to get a surfer’s email address from the web browser. Often the surfer doesn’t notice even notice it but the spammer gains access to your email address to send unwanted communications. Certain viruses can even harvest email addresses from your address book, leaving everyone you know open to spam.

Chat rooms may give out email addresses to those who ask so be aware before you share. During the holiday season, we often visit chat rooms and forums to talk to old friends. Only visit secure chat rooms that don’t share personal information. Use a designated email address strictly for the purpose of visiting chat rooms and forums so you can more easily target spammers.

As a webpreneur, you are likely to engage in all of the activities above. Superior spam protection from a reliable web host helps ward off undesirable communications that waste your time and may even subject your computer to viruses. With some caution, you can get rid of spam for a more rewarding and profitable online experience.