SPAM Protection – Is It Necessary?

spam-protectionUnfortunately, spam is still a constant source of frustration for individuals and companies that rely on email to do business. In an article in Wired, Gmail spam expert Brad Taylor explained the problem: “It costs $3,000 to rent a botnet and send out 100 million messages … It takes only 30 Viagra orders to pay for that.”

The article adds that as long as even a small percentage of people actually buy something from a spam ad—which they do—we will all keep getting non-stop spam in our inbox. While most spam is easy to identify, much of it is cleverly disguised as harmless email. A link in such an email may lead an unsuspecting user to pornographic sites or viruses.

For this reason, spam protection is absolutely necessary in order for businesses or individuals to avoid needless and potentially costly distractions in their email accounts.

What can be done? There are a number of anti-spam solutions that are available to consumers. One solution is a spam filtering service for email, which will monitor all incoming email to detect and prevent spam from getting into your Inbox. A similar service is a filtration system that is devoted to preventing viruses from attacking a computer and any networks to which it is connected.

“Store and forward” is another great way to avoid problems if a mail server or network goes down. This service will store your email on a local server for up to five days if the destination server is unavailable. Email recipients will appreciate a “smart relay host” service to ensure that they are not sending family members, friends, or businesses spam or viruses.

The fact of the matter is most email addresses receive spam every day. Over time, spammers have become better at disguising spam to look like legitimate emails. Users who accidentally click on a link in a spam email could be putting not just their own computer at risk but even those in the local network. If computers in a network become infected, it can cost a business a lot of money in repairs and productivity.

An established and reliable antispam solution for these and other problems is DirectMX by Data102. Data102 understands the best way to protect customers from malicious email and offers a dependable spam filtering service and other effective spam solutions. Take a look at our anti-spam solutions page for more information.

Spam protection can provide people and businesses the peace of mind that they need when they are checking email accounts. If you want to secure your network, contact Data102 and let us discuss the array of solutions we have to offer.