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Spam is an ongoing issue that costs businesses and individuals billions of dollars in lost time and resources. Spam includes unsolicited commercial email (UCE) and other unwanted bulk email.
How to Prevent Spam
There is no way to totally prevent spam, but here are some precautions that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of spammers getting your email address:
How to Stop the Spam
Unfortunately, once spammers figure out your email address, it is hard to prevent them from sending you spam; however, there are many options for filtering your email to reduce the spam that reaches your inbox.
We have several in-house filtering tools to offer that can assist in filtering the spam from your web hosting inbox.
Many third party email clients, such as Outlook, also have additional spam filtering built into their programs. Using one or a combination of these options can assist with cleaning out the spam that you receive.
How Spammers Get Email Addresses
Unfortunately there are many ways spammers can harvest or find out about your email address(es) and then send spam to you.
The following is a list of some of the ways spammers can get email addresses without you giving it to them directly:
Your computer could have a virus or malware on it that records keystrokes (i.e. everything you type) or sniffs packets (i.e. reads everything going over your internet connection). Through these methods, spammers would be able to obtain your email addresses, passwords and other confidential information.
Another computer or workstation on your network or workgroup could have a virus or malware that collects email addresses and other information passing through the network.
A script on your website could have a security vulnerability that allows a hacker to access information on your hosting account, including your email addresses.
Since emails are relayed from server to server until they reach their destination, one of the servers your email passed through could have packet sniffing software installed, which would allow someone to collect email addresses and any information passing through the server. Emails are typically relayed through several companies' servers before arriving at its destination, similar to how physical postal mail would be relayed between more than one mail carrier until it reached you.
Your internet service provider (ISP) could be gathering emails and selling them.; this is unlikely at reputable ISPs, but it has been known to occur.
You have an easy to guess email address. Some spammers simply try to guess valid email addresses (by prefixing common names and common addresses to your domain name). Some spammers have a huge database of prefixes and domain names they will try, including not-so-common names.
A hacker could have guessed or obtained hosting control panel login information and retrieved your email addresses that way.
Other Methods of Harvesting Email Addresses
It is all too common that people unknowingly volunteer their email address or leave it out absentmindedly, making your email address easy for a spammer to pick up. Methods through which spammers obtain voluntary email address include:
Pixel Point Creative Policy on SPAM
We can assure you that we will not give away, sell or disclose email addresses in any way, shape or form. We value the security and privacy of our customers and hate spam as much as you do.
Beyond the moral stand we have against spam, we also have a financial incentive to reduce spam on our network since spam takes up resources that cost money, such as bandwidth, disk space and security administrators' time. The more spam passing through our system, the higher our costs. From a business standpoint, doing anything that increases spam makes no sense. Even though you only gave your email address to PPC and we do not disclose email addresses, spammers could still use the methods listed above to get your email address, all of which are out of our control.