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Spam, and scams, safely navigating your
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warning about your e-mail inbox
If you are trying to infect your computer with a virus, or you would like to give away
important information, just go to your e-mails inbox. Unfortunately, nowadays your
e-mail inbox is a virtual jungle of spammers and scammers trying to make money
from you in your information. I don't want to try to scare you, and convince you that
you should never use your e-mail again.  Your inbox is a safe place if you follow a
few rules.

The first rule to remember when you're using your e-mail is that you should not
trust that any e-mail you receive is actually from the address it came from. Hackers
today use what is called "spoofing", where they will send you an e-mail from one
address, but the e-mail you receive from them will show a different address that
the e-mail originated from. This is how you get e-mails from yourself that you did
not send, I'm sure everyone has gotten a spam e-mail pretending to be from
yourself. Hackers will try to gain access to your computer so that they can see who
is on your instant messaging or e-mail buddy lists. They do this to get e-mail
addresses and Internet messaging contact information of your friends. This way
they can send messages or e-mails to your friends as you. This increases the
odds that your friends will trust the e-mail since the address given in the e-mail will
be yours. For this reason, even if my wife sends me an e-mail, if it had any
attachments or links in it, I will check with her to make sure that she sent me know
before opening any attachment or clicking on any links within the e-mail.

I should note that reading an e-mail, even if it is from a spammer or scammer, will
not infect your computer. You have to click on a link that takes you to a webpage
from within the e-mail, or download and open an attachment attached to the e-mail
in order to get infected.

It is also important to note, that you should not trust any e-mails from any
businesses either, be it your bank or financial institution, any websites that you are
a member of, or any other e-mail. A major way that hackers use to gain access to
your information is to send you an e-mail that looks like it's from your bank or
another business or service that you may or may not use. The e-mail will claim that
there is important information for you, and that you need to download an
attachment or that you need to click a link to go to their website to reset your
password or to review other information. With the hackers doing is trying to either
get you to download an infected attachment, or they are trying to direct you to a
fake webpage that looks similar to a legitimate webpage, such as a fake bank login
page or in other business or service login page. This way when you put in your
information to reset your password, the hacker now has your password
information, and your password was never really changed, since you're not on the
legitimate site. Again I would like to note, that it is okay to read these e-mails, just
to not click on an attachment or a link in an e-mail unless you know that the
company or service truly sent you that e-mail.

A practice that I use to keep safe is that if I get an e-mail from PayPal, or my bank,
or any other business or service, instead of clicking any links in e-mail, I just close
the e-mail, and navigate to that business or services normal webpage and login. If
they truly have any information for me, or if my password truly needs to be reset,
you will find out the real website.  If you are still unsure if you need to contact the
business or service, call them directly.
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