The most common form of spam is unsolicited email that typically contains a link, advertisement or file attachment that can compromise users' security or infect users' computers with malicious software when opened.

If your computer has been exposed to a virus, botnet, or other malicious software, you could be sending spam without even knowing it. The following information will help protect you and your computer from being a silent spammer:

  • Secure your computer: Comprehensive security programs, such as Security Suite, are designed to help protect your computer from hackers, and generally include anti-virus, firewall and anti-spam protection. Ensure that security software installed on your computer remains up-to-date with the latest virus definitions and security patches.
  • Update your operating system and programs Your operating system and installed programs have "holes" in them just waiting for a hacker to exploit. That's why it's important to install software updates on a regular basis or set up automatic updates.
  • Avoid unsolicited email: If you receive a suspicious email, mark the message as spam, so that it can be blocked in the future. To ensure your protection, don't open emails or message attachments from an unknown source. The best thing to do is report the message to your internet service provider or delete it.