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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

  • OnGuardOnline: Spam
    OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. This is a link to their spam page.
  • OnGuard Online: Common Online Scams
    OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. This is a link to their common scams page.
  • Spamlaws.com: Report Spam
    SpamLaws.com is dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date information on issues affecting Internet security. Their team of writers, programmers and designers are committed to ensuring our work is of the highest quality possible.
    The "Spam Laws" section of SpamLaws.com was created by David E. Sorkin, a Law Professor at the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: Reduce Spam
    The Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) leads efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks to the Nation while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans. US-CERT strives to be a trusted global leader in cybersecurity - collaborative, agile, and responsive in a dynamic and complex environment. This is their article on reporting spam. Below is the same information in a pdf format and another article on phishing.
  • Recognize and Avoid Email Scams
  • US-CERT: Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
  


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