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Email 201: Spam

This guide provides links to training resources for skills taught in Newport News Public Library System's Email 201 computer class and can be used to supplement, substitute, or assess face-to-face instruction.

Spam

Originating from the name of Hormel's canned meat, "spam" now also refers to junk e-mail or irrelevant postings to a newsgroup or bulletin board. The unsolicited e-mail messages you receive about refinancing your home, reversing aging, and losing those extra pounds are all considered to be spam. Spamming other people is definitely not cool and is one of the most notorious violations of Internet etiquette (or "netiquette"). So if you ever get the urge to let thousands of people know about that hot new guaranteed way to make money on the Internet, please reconsider.  Below we have listed resources that will help you deal with and prevent spam; we have also included some more tips on how to identify phishing and other cyber identity threats.

Spam. (2012). In The Tech Terms Computer Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.techterms.com/definition/spam.

Spam is a common, and often frustrating, side effect to having an email account. Although you will probably not be able to eliminate it, there are ways to reduce it.

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (2004). Security tips: Reducing spam. http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-007.html