A recent study found that the United States sends out more spam than any other country on the planet: 24.2%. That’s not exactly a great distinction to have earned.
These spammers are most likely not the authors, rather victims of bots being controlled from somewhere else in the world. The high number of people online in the United States makes it a great source of victims for bots.
The U.S. might be at the top of the heap when it comes to spewing spam, but it is a global problem. Even if you aren’t actively authoring spam, if your computer is sending spam-y messages, you are part of the problem. Here’s what you can do to fight back against spam.
Anti-virus software won’t save you from all cyber threats, but it will detect viruses on your machine that may be sending spam. Make sure your anti-virus software is continuously updated.
Monitor speed and messages
Has your computer suddenly started running slower or acting erratic? It might be doing something you don’t know about; it’s probably time to run that virus check. Check your email outboxes for any unwanted sent messages that could be spam.
Regularly update passwords
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable with outdated or weak passwords. Change up social media and email passwords on a regular basis. If you suspect spammers have access to your account, the fastest way to put a stop to sending spam is by changing your password. And while you’re changing your password, review your account settings to ensure they’re what you want and that the account hasn’t been altered.
These steps for stopping spam might sound simple, yet we continue to have a large amount of spam being sent from machines in the United States. It’s time to fight back. What tips do you have when it comes to fighting spam?