Do you feel as though you get a lot of spam mail? If so, you are not alone.  It's a common topic we hear from our prospective clients during the discovery process.

The good news (if there is any with spam) is that you actually get almost a hundred times more spam than what you think you're getting.

Most modern email systems (including Office 365) do a spectacular job of filtering, which keeps the vast majority of it from ever reaching your inbox.

A research team from Stanford University recently partnered with Google to study more than a billion emails filtered by Gmail between April and August of 2020.

They found: You are five times more likely to receive spam emails if your email address was captured as part of a data breach....shocking I know.

Spammers and scammers operate mostly from email lists and those lists have to be generated and compiled from somewhere. It turns out that the 'somewhere' is almost always a database captured during a data breach.

So what is a Chicago area manufacturing or accounting firm suppose to do?

  1. Use your business email address only with clients, vendors,  and critical business groups.
  2. Use BCC when sending an email to a large number of people that do not know each other.
  3. Create free email accounts (think GMAIL/ Outlook.com) for anything else that requires an email address.  These addresses can be considered easily disposable should your spam get out of hand!

 

 

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