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What is SMTP? And how does SMTP authentication help fight spam?

Whenever you send an email, the process would not be possible without the SMTP protocol. It’s used by mail servers to relay outgoing email messages from the senders and to the recipients. Unfortunately, spammers started abusing a loophole in the protocol – until SMTP authentication put a stop to this trick. more
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Black Friday: Up to 20 percent more spam

Black Friday is high season for internet bargain hunters. Wherever a lot of money is being spent online, however, cybercriminals are often not far behind. Email provider mail.com sees an increase in spam and phishing during the bargain holidays, with fake vouchers and shipping scams topping the list of scammers’ tricks. more
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What is a mailer daemon – and why did my email bounce back?

It’s the dreaded bounce message: “Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender.” If you receive it, it means something went wrong and your email never made it to the intended recipient. But why can’t some emails be delivered, and who is the mysterious “mailer daemon” who sends them back to you? more
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Malware types: Do you know the true meaning of malware?

Feeling cybersecure? Ever stared at the computer screen hoping a malware attack was just some horrible practical joke? If you are like the rest of us and have experienced this moment, then don’t worry we’ve got your back. If you have never experienced this situation, we’ve also got your back. We will give you the know-how to keep yourself and devices secure from malware. more
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Tired of junk mail? Find out how to block email addresses or domains

When it comes to annoying emails, most of us can identify some repeat offenders in our lives. Maybe it’s junk mail from a store that never seems to get around to taking you off their mailing list, or forwarded jokes from an uncle with way too much time on his hands. But you don’t have to put up with this any longer! more
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How to stop spam text messages: Prevent, block and report

We all hate spam text messages! And if it seems like you’ve been receiving more of them, it’s not just your imagination – as spam email and spam calls face increasing obstacles in the form of blocklists and government regulations, spammers have been increasingly turning to spam text messages. more
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Ransomware attacks: How you can recognize and prevent ransomware

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Do you know how to recognize and protect yourself against ransomware?
You may have seen headlines about ransomware attacks on institutions ranging from banks to hospitals to gas-pipelines. But what is ransomware, why is it dangerous, and can such attacks be prevented? Today, we answer your questions about ransomware. more
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Phishing emails: How to protect yourself

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Be on the alert for phishing scams that aim to hook your personal information

You have probably heard about phishing scams – fraudulent emails designed to rob you of sensitive data. Because phishing is one of the most widespread forms of cybercrime, it’s important to learn how to recognize these scams so you don’t get caught in the net. more
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Spamhaus, bounced emails and blocked IP addresses

Your email bounces back with a permanent error “A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients.”
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Check the bounce message to see if you are on an spam blocklist
When you look in at the bounce message closely, you see it’s been blocked by “Spamhaus.” What’s that all about? more
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What is spear phishing? Can you prevent it?

Phishing scams – where you receive fraudulent messages pretending to be from a trusted sender designed to trick you into revealing personal data – have unfortunately become widespread and the criminals behind them have refined their techniques. For example, there are phishing phone calls (called “vishing” for voice-phishing) and phishing text messages (“smishing” for SMS-phishing).
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Protect yourself against scammers who are phishing for your password
And there is “spear phishing,” a specific form of email phishing that targets individual users. more
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