Spam is inappropriate or unwanted commercial or advertisement email messages sent over the internet (and sometimes landlines). It is somewhat similar to flooding the recipient with the same message over and over again, with an idea to sell some product or service through scammy means.
Spam emails hardly costs anything to the sender, whereas the cost is unknowingly paid by the innocent receiver of the spam who opens it—either through malware or just time misspent.
Best Practices to Fight Spam – What is being done
The war against spam has to be fought on two fronts. On the one front, the legal agencies have to find a way to stop spam permanently and to punish the spammers.
On the other front, people should be proactive when it comes to dealing with it. The following points mention the best ways individuals can fight spam:
The Server Method is the Most Proactive
The first two methods mentioned above are clearly passive, whereas, the third method is active as it involves installation of some new programs or add-ons on your local computer or server side.
Here are the tools needed in order to fight spam when you have a server.
The cPanel Tools or Add-ons for Fighting Spam
cPanel is a control panel based on Linux and is primarily used for web hosting. The Cpanel offers certain add-ons to fight spam at user end, these are:
With a multi-layer checking system based on four criteria, this is a pretty effective spam filter as it achieves a success rate of about 99.5%. Here are the four criteria of this spam fighting system:
It is a plug-in that can be customized as per your requirements. It gives you a daily report of the mails and also gives suggestions to you for custom settings.
This is a plug-in which not only provides security against spam to your computer, but also to your clients and thereby increasing client trust and client acquisition.
Spam is a universal problem that is growing at a very fast pace. We need to take precautionary steps to avoid getting harmed by it. At the same time, we also have to fight the spam to protect ourselves. As system administrators, our spam fighting techniques need to be evolving at the same rate at which the spam is evolving.