Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spammity Spam, Wonderful Spam!

Taking its name from the 1970 Monty Python sketch "Spam", Spam has become the term used for unsolicited messages, in this case email, text and now even iCal invites. In simple terms it's Internet junk mail.



Nobody likes Spam, so let's talk about best practices on how to deal with it.

  1. Don't give away your email address to just anyone - When either completing an online form or even giving your email address to a sales rep over the phone make sure you "opt-out of marketing". Why not set up a junk email address just for online offers etc, that way you can just delete all email (including spam) to that email account.
  2. Don't click the links - or interact with the spammers in any way. By responding your telling the spammers that theirs someone there and then you'll probably never get rid of them! Just delete the message and move on...
  3. What about those new pesky iCal invites? Be on the look out for spam calendar invitations for $19.99 Ray Ban sunglasses. THIS IS SPAM! I found this handy blog post which explains how to deal with it (This affects Mac or iPhone/iPad users only). http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/258424/spam-icloud-calendar-invitation
  4. Unsubscribe - If the email is from a genuine (honest) source then simply clicking the "Unsubscribe" link at the top or bottom of the email should remove you from their mailing list, BUT... Be warned you may just be confirming to the spammer you exist and end up with even more junk. The best advice is to be vigilant, slow down and think... is this a genuine sender you've heard of before, in which case go ahead unsubscribe, if it looks dodgy then just delete and move on...
  5. Antispam - This is a tricky one, because sometimes anti spam software can stop you receiving genuine email confusing it with "Junk", so it's a case of fine tuning the software to get the right balance. This brings me neatly on to my final bullet... Black & White Lists...
  6. Black & White Lists - Some email service providers who have Anti-spam built in use Black Lists and White Lists to decide whether an email is genuine and should be sent to the mailbox. A Black List is a list of Bad (or Black) email addresses that should always be blocked, while (yes you guessed it) A White List is a list of Good (or White) email addresses that should always be sent on to the mailbox. ISP's (Internet Service Providers) that provide Anti-Spam usually have some sort of portal or control panel you can log into to add to your Black or White lists manually.

...and now for something completely different!

  • Egg and bacon
  • Egg, sausage and bacon
  • Egg and Spam
  • Egg, bacon and Spam
  • Egg, bacon, sausage and Spam
  • Spam, bacon, sausage and Spam
  • Spam, egg, Spam, Spam, bacon and Spam
  • Spam, Spam, Spam, egg and Spam
  • Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, baked beans, Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam
  • Lobster Thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâtébrandy and a fried egg on top, and Spam.


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