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Emails you should avoid

Virus, worms, Trojans, spywares, and now ransomwares are major threats to the Internet public. They come in many forms: emails, infected websites, removable media, bundled in software and data files.

Email form are very common and many are ad emails. Emails can include imbedded virus, infected attachments, and links for you to click on. Many emails are ads with convincing information and links for you to click on.

Many of these types of emails are generally nuance ads. A good number of these ad emails are spams that can get you into unwanted trouble. Most of these emails have links to get to you click on and go to their sites. While some are legitimate ads, many can be of the following:

  1. Take you to an infected site. There have been cases that they may drop a desktop page stating that you have an illegal windows license or severe system problem and to get you to call them to pay to resolve these issues.

  2. Prompt you to join a group or something. This would get your basic information such as your name, phone number, and email address.

    1. With this information, you may get unwanted emails and phone calls with no way to opt out.

    2. It has been known that they do sell your information to other advertisers and spammers.

  3. May have embedded malicious code such as virus, spyware, and Trojan

  4. To get you to buy their product thus getting your charge card info.

Links in the emails are very easy to click on. It can take you to a website or a download program, or execute a script from some server. This article is about helping you to be aware before you open an unexpected email. A very good example would be the user would click on a link that have been known to open up a browser with convincing information and a phone number for you to call. Some emails claimed to be Microsoft stating that your system does not have a valid Windows license and request you to call a designated phone number. By the way, Microsoft does not do that.

The list below are generally common email types that you can expect to be safe are below. You will still need to use your judgement whether or not to open that email. If you do not know the email address or who sent it, then you may want to avoid opening that email. Below is a common list of email name types that are normally ok. Again you will need to determine if you recognized the full email address.

Name Entry
.com Commercial
.org Organization
.net Network
.edu Education
.gov U.S. national and state government services
.mil U.S. Military
.arpa Address and Routing Parameter Area
.int International organization

 

There are many more types of domain extensions that represent different countries and ICANN-era generic top-level domains. The list is long and not commonly seen in this hemisphere. Below is the official list depicting many officially listed domain extensions and the list is growing.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_top-level_domains

You may experience unexpected and undesired emails with strange domain extensions. Many are generally from different countries. With this said, we need to be aware of other newer domain extensions. Some examples would be::

Emails Email source Subject Used
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Unknown Men's Hair Loss: Treatments and solutions with pictures
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. China *your email domain name”” with asterisks shown
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Columbia Powerful and effective skin tag removal
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. South Africa Now you can lose fat without exercise
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. India Commercial & Personal Loans
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. New but unknown source Flirt with these beautiful Russian women
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Used for racing your business Enjoy lunch at Ruby Tuesday's, on us!
Note – this does not sound like racing email type
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. New. User for online gathering Is your family In need?
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Unknown but related to Famous Four Media Limited Time Offer: 85% OFF Custom Photo Canvases Prints!

What can you do?

Many users have public email domains such as gmail.com, hotmail.com, outlook.com, yahoo.com, me.com, live.com, Verizon.net, charter.net, mac.com, att.net, Comcast.com, and etc have some means to filter the spam emails. Some email domain service has ways for you to add unwanted emails to the blacklist. Some have limited numbers of entries to the blacklist. If you have a domain email within your website, you can subscribe to spam filtering services. Many computers sell firewall routers where you can add a filtering service along with the firewall subscription or if now too many to filter, add the unwanted emails or domains within the router.

It is highly recommended to have good security such as antivirus, antispyware, and security suites. Businesses are recommended to have firewall routers with subscriptions along with desktop security programs. Having the security solutions would help block most or possibly all of the activities after one invokes email links. The best possible solution is to not open any emails you do not know anything about or who sent it.