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Spam Needs Immediate Removal: Trend Micro

According to a recommendation by Trend Micro, the security services and software provider, computer users must remove e-mails they doubt as spam without even the slightest delay.

Senior Security Advisor Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro advised that small business proprietors as well as other Web users must not put their Information Technology security to test. Microsoft.com/uk published this on May 10, 2010.

Ferguson elaborated that a few junk e-mails carried matter that was getting downloaded from external URLs. Such e-mails have potential to infect the PCs of recipients who view them, he said.

The expert pointed out that the caption of the e-mails clearly suggests that the messages are spam. He also warned that recipients shouldn't try to read them even if they feel extremely curious. Moreover, such e-mails frequently have the typical indications like spelling errors that instantly disclose that they are junk e-mails, Ferguson explained.

In addition to the above recommendation, the expert also noted that users must not over-share i.e. ideally they shouldn't post their e-mail ID randomly on the Internet. If it isn't necessary to tell anybody one's e-mail ID, then the information shouldn't be shared, he said, as per the news published by xlntelecom.co.uk on May 10, 2010.

In fact, other security specialists also echoed what Ferguson recommended. That's because spam mails often carry PC viruses or other malware, which cybercriminals inject to contaminate users' PCs or even to snatch control of their systems remotely.

Additionally, Ferguson's advice has received the support of a research that was released earlier in 2010. This research, which was published by the UK's OFT (Office of Fair Trading), the consumer and competition regulator, discovered that e-mail is currently used as the most widespread scam medium. The regulator disclosed that during the 12-month period up to February 2010, a spam mail hit at least 73% of adult e-mail users.

However, e-mail users can avoid spam mails from infecting their systems if they install up-to-date security solutions comprising anti-malware and anti-spam filters. Further, they're advised to remain guarded and cautious while visiting any website or dealing with e-mails that unfamiliar or untrusted sources have send.

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