You Can Protect Yourself From Being Spammed

Being spammed seems to have become a part of everyday life in this age of e-mail. While we were once bombarded with "paper spam" in our home and office mailboxes, e-mail has transformed these paper direct mailing advertisements to electronic messages that appear in our e-mail boxes without warning or solicitation.

A recent study conducted by GartnerGroup Interactive revealed that 90% of people who use the Internet are spammed on a weekly basis. 50% of these people receive spam mail daily. In fact, the study showed that the longer you remain with the same internet service provider, the more likely you are to get spammed because your name gets recorded and passed on when you fill out registration forms and post in newsgroups.

But you can stop the spam! Here are a few tips for controlling the tidal wave of unsolicited e-mail messages:
· Use spam filters - ZDNET Software Library offers free filter demos. AOL users can set-up spam filters using the keyword mail controls.
· Put the spam you do receive in the Spam Recycle Center. The center will check the spam for fraud.
· Fill-out an online spam complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
· Get a free web-based e-mail account and use it in situations where your name could be harvested by spammers.

You may like these other stories...

Regulatory compliance, risk management and cost-cutting are the big heartburn issues for finance execs in the C-suite. Yet financial planning and analysis—a key antacid—is insufficient.That's just one of the...
Continuing its efforts to simplify accounting procedures, the FASB has issued a proposed Accounting Standards Update on customer fees paid in a cloud computing arrangement. The newly-proposed update (Intangibles—...
How are you planning? What tools do you use (or fail to use) for forecasting? PlanGuru is a business budgeting, forecasting, and performance review software company based in White Plains, N.Y. AccountingWEB recently spoke...

Already a member? log in here.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Aug 26
This webcast will include discussions of recently issued, commonly-applicable Accounting Standards Updates for non-public, non-governmental entities.
Aug 28
Excel spreadsheets are often akin to the American Wild West, where users can input anything they want into any worksheet cell. Excel's Data Validation feature allows you to restrict user inputs to selected choices, but there are many nuances to the feature that often trip users up.
Sep 9
In this session we'll discuss the types of technologies and their uses in a small accounting firm office.
Sep 11
This webcast will include discussions of commonly-applicable Clarified Auditing Standards for audits of non-public, non-governmental entities.