There is only one word for spam apps, and that is annoying. People have made a job out of ringing up internet users in vicious spam cycles, be it your Facebook page or email inbox, spam apps are lurking in every corner. Moreover, mobile phones are their newest targets, with the number of spam apps hiking up in both Android and iOS, the development of spam protection apps has also (thank god!) increased. Here are five extremely simple ways to protect yourself from spam apps other than the ones that you’re already being pestered by:
1. Keep track of where your email address is going
For spammers, your email address is what provides them with the information source they need to link their spam to. It is very important that you know where your email address is visible and to what kind of audience. For instance, some email portals automatically include your email address as your signature, make sure you turn that off. Refrain from posting on a number of public forums where your email
address is available for everybody to see. Many spam apps navigate you to false login pages (see
below) in order to achieve your primary email address and passwords, so always watch out for
the authenticity of the website or app before providing your information.
2. There are apps that can avoid spam for you
In this ‘smart’ day and age, you can easily find applications in your app store that can help you avoid spam apps. These do not directly delete the spam apps, but always notify you about every spec of spam they find through scanning your device. They can identify spams in the form of advertisements as well as camouflaged spam apps which are available with false descriptions and name.
According to AirG Reviews, their application ‘Hookt’ does pretty well in blocking out spammers, and lets you enjoy a conversation with ‘real’ people. Hookt does not believe in public profiles, everything is extremely private, in hopes of a creating a safe and secure environment for people to communicate and share media.
3. There is a reason why ‘privacy’ exists
Privacy is very important when it comes to the internet, you never know when some creepy spammer sitting in a dark room is stalking your public profile from behind a computer screen. That’s dangerous. It is important to understand that spam apps target those users who have the most information available publically.
Apps like Spotify and Last.fm are good to share music and seem pretty secure but on the other hand, there are extremely annoying games and spam filled viral apps (especially on Facebook).
Through this, you’re most likely to become a victim and end up downloading something you did not want or clicking on a wrong spam link resulted in weird things posted on you and your friends’ timelines. The spam has control only due to the lack of security, that you are unintentionally (hopefully!) but conveniently providing. Thus, keep your privacy as tight as possible.
4. You’ve got spam! Now what?
Shockingly, a large number of people actually visit their spam folder and open the emails to ‘check out’ what it actually is. Spamming apps can detect when a particular user’s email is active and the spam mail has been opened. This is exactly what you want to avoid because it initiates a chain of more spam mail heading your way. Delete and report the spam mail without opening it. You do not need to open a mail unless it is from a trusted sender. Beware, clicking on spam URLs and externally loaded images can have the same effect. You just have to be smart enough to decide!
5. Put a stop to the vicious cycle
Spamming can be considered a never ending process. Even if you make yourself a new fresh email, you will get spam periodically. It’s almost like the inevitability of the internet. However, it is your responsibility to try and make sure that your friends and family do not face the same issue. Example, if you get a spam message in your Facebook inbox, make sure you alert people through a status update or an email that there is a spam going around, because obviously if your friend receives something under your name, she is bound to open it no matter how weird it looks. Educate the people you know by highlighting the importance of vigilance, and it will probably be one less spam for you at the other side of the circle.
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Alma Causey is a freelancer and blog writer. She writes articles related to technology and medical. A writer by day and reader by night. Her passion is to help people in all aspect of research industry.
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