Email spam from people in your contacts list got you down these days? You’re not the only one. It seems there’s been a lot of it in the past week. And it keeps perpetuating itself because people trust the names in their contacts list, and therefore have no reason to suspect spam.
But they should, as the infographic above clearly demonstrates. Here are some great resources for how to identify email spam from people in your address book, and what to do about it. The most important thing to remember is: never click suspicious links, no matter how tempting!
Resources for Identifying and Dealing with Email Spam from Contacts
- Richweb: Is It Safe to Click the Unsubscribe Link at the Bottom of an Email?
-An excellent description of the different types of email spam, plus what happens when you click on links
- Lifehacker: How Can I Find Out Why My Email Account Just Spammed My Friends and Family?
-Clear explanations on finding out the origins of spam emails
- Ask Leo: Why Am I Getting (Or Sending) Emails that Contain Only a Link or Spam from My Contacts?
-Includes a section on the various reasons an account could be compromised
- Rich Pasco: Spam from Your Friends — Hacked and Spoofed Email
-With a good section on how hackers and spammers obtain passwords
- Which? Tech Daily: What Should You Do If Your Email Address Has Sent Out Spam Messages?
-Steps to take if you become the spammer
- Lifehacker: How to Boost Your Phishing Scam Detection Skills
-A comprehensive guide to identifying phishing scams and protecting yourself and your contacts from them
- Google: Spam and Suspicious Emails
-Identification and protection in Gmail
- Lifehacker: Stop Looking Like a Phisher in Gmail
-Instructions on how to clear your name if you’re the one whose account is sending spam