How To Aviod Spam And Hackers

July 10th, 2011 § 0 comments

My blog gets spammed all the time, so I approve the comments before they are posted. Here are some simple tips to avoid being spammed or hacked, but first, let’s define what spamming and hacking is.

Spam is a term that is used to describe unsolicited email or comments. They are used to distribute hyperlinks of whatever they are selling or promoting to a large number of emails.

Hack is a term that is used to describe the action of someone or something that is trying to illegally break into a secured computer or account. The purpose is to steal personal information to sell, and or use the contact information to perpetuate the process throughout the contact list on the computer.

Hacking is very different than spamming because spam is usually not as destructive. Spam can be the vehicle that delivers the hacking software, but most are links to pharmaceutical or health products.

Who is being affected? Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Email, and other social media users. Let’s look at these for a minute.

I have seen many of my friends get hacked in their Facebook and email accounts. Facebook messages will be addressed to you as if they were specifically written for you, but you may not have spoken to your friend in a while and it seems out of the blue. The message will also seem a little too enthusiastic as if to try and catch you off guard.

Email is another medium that has been hacked. The symptoms usually include (no subject) in the subject line and one sentence accompanied by a hyperlink.

How do you avoid being hacked? Don’t click on links you are not familiar with! Before you click, (Facebook) check the senders wall. Did they only address you or did they send the same link to everyone on the planet?

If you are the victim (sender) of a hacker, the first thing you should do is change your login (if applicable) and password. The hacker has used that information to access your address book to spam others. The last option is to close the account.

Twitter and blogs are a little different. Twitter does not have email addresses that are hidden from view. Followers and those you follow are public knowledge. Most blogs do not have email lists contained in them unless they are sharing a database with a list messenger service.

I receive spam messages to my Twitter and blog accounts daily. You can view my Twitter messages (@ferreirajoseph) by searching the @ sign. The senders usually has no one following them and they are not following anyone. Their accounts are usually a couple hours old, and they already have sent hundreds of messages.

Most of what I am telling you is coming from experience. I personally have not been hacked, but I did have to clean up an account, that I was managing, who had. Use these simple suggestions and you can avoid being spammed and hacked.

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