In this article we gathered 5 the most dangerous email attachment types. It’s a good thing they stay in the blocked list and not in your Inbox. Don’t know what’s a blocked list? Well, this means that you are not a Spamdrain user yet and you should definitely sign up here:
So what stays there, in the blocked list? The most common file is the .PDF one. Your favorite newsletter, guide for some device or any other .pdf file you would like to download from the email message could be harmful to your device. Make sure the message containing the file is from the trusted source and double check before downloading it.
The other one is a .ZIP file, the easiest way to pack a lot of files into one archive. Of course, one of the unpacked files could be from the bad guy, waiting for you to click on it. By the way, not just the .ZIP extension could be harmful. There is .7Z well known archive extension that could also contain phishing or any other harmful files.
The next one is a Microsoft Office based file. The most popular are the .DOC or .XLSX extensions but it could also be any other Microsoft Office document based extension.
We won’t be telling you how the opened software installs virus applications or how it tracks as much sensitive data as possible. We do not want you to remove the message once you found one of the mentioned extensions file. The main point of the article is to warn you once you see the suspicious attachment. Once you discover something wrong – proceed with caution and double check each click.
The best way to secure yourself and your family is to refer to our recommendation from the beginning regarding sign up for Spamdrain. Our spamsters will do the rest.
Thanks for reading!
Stay spam free 😉
We are now one month away from summer. This is the time when spammers getting ready to go hunting. Beach stuff to buy (you’ve already bought), summer trips (places you’ve already been to) and other spam/newsletters messages you do not need are just a few examples of messages you would like to avoid in your Inbox.
In this case, it is the right time to start using Spamdrain. Our spamsters will do our best to keep your Inbox clean and spam free. In 14 days you will be happy seeing your brand new tidy Inbox. Yep, such a short period will be enough (actually it is a free trial period for you to get acquainted) to get ready for summer. In few clicks your email address will be ready for summer (please note, no gym attendance needed!). Easy to set up, easy to use and easy to remove – though we will work hard for you to stay with us. Your Inbox guard will be with you anytime anywhere even if you are flying to some warm places in the clouds. Exactly, our spamsters work perfectly in cloud 😉
We are user friendly and your friends are welcome too! Bonuses for them are already waiting for you:
Today we are pleased to announce that we are lowering the price for Spamdrain. The base annual price for regular Spamdrain has been lowered by almost 30% and for Spamdrain+ by almost 15% depending on your currency. We’re doing this to make Spamdrain more affordable for more people. Go to our web site for more details.
To enjoy the new prices, simply go to the order form and place your order as usual. The new prices will be applied to all customers – new and current – automatically when placing a new order.
If you recently renewed your subscription with the higher price, please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll work something out.
We continue sharing smart suggestions from our spamsters regarding email security:
be smart with password – previous case leads us to the next one. Upper and lower case, numbers, signs, digits – be creative as much as possible (with 8 characters at least 😉 )
change your password regularly and keep different – it is a second part of the previous suggestion. P.S. Keep different does not mean to change password from PasS8Wor#d1 to PasS8Wor#d2. Remember, be creative!
create a testing email address using free email providers – probably not the best decision in terms to those email providers but it is legal anyway. Using testing email address allows you to check the services that look suspicious to you. You can always change the email address to the other one once you are confident that it is secured to use.
two factor authentication – if your email provider supports it – use it! This also applies to third party services using your email address. In this case you can create an app specific password.
avoid replying to unknown – let it stay in your blocked list. This is the best one, where you add your email address to the Spamdrain filtering and we do the rest 😎
Thank you for reading!
Have a great day and a secured mailbox!
Email security is now one of the most readable and discussed topic on the Internet. Since online security evolves, the same thing happens with attempts to hack email accounts. We’ve gathered some most helpful things to do with your email account we found effective and easy to do:
use ssl – this means it is better to use secure transfer instead of non-SSL. For instance for IMAP connection type 993 protocol is more secure than 143. You can change the settings at Spamdrain but before ask your email provider if they support SSL connection (we think they should!).
hackers want your personal data – than don’t give it! Easy to use rule is to not reply to strange email message providing your personal data. If you think your bank provider or internet provider is asking you to send some data they never asked before – it’s a sign to double check. For instance, firstname.lastname@example.org
or similar sender could be not so honest and legitimate than actual email@example.com
phishing – taking your login/bank details. These are the email messages trying to find your credit card details or any other online money access. Example of such message could be email message from your favorite online store from firstname.lastname@example.org
(where “a” is definitely missing), with a general “Dear Client” greeting instead of “Dear Julia” asking you to confirm your identity by clicking on the link. By the way, link could look fine itself, but when you hover over the link it leads to some other content.
entering your personal data. Let’s imagine an email message asking you to confirm your age and hey! – there is already a field built-in in the message to enter you birth data. What a smart solution you would think (in this case think without double checking) – you enter the data and click on submit. A few minutes later social media account is hacked? Hmm, definitely birth date is not the best password and entering it into the spam message is not the best action.
Stay tuned and be the first one to read part two next week!
2018 year is already over and here are some fresh stats of the past year.
Last year our hard working spamsters filtered 350M messages, which is approximately on million messages per day. 162M messages were classified as valid, the ones we sent to your Inboxes and 188M messages we are blocked as spam, unwanted newsletters and virus/phishing mails. Yep, as you can see, the amount of spam (54%) is bigger than valid messages amount (46%) again.
If we look at the monthly chart we can see that the end of the year, especially November and October brought our spamsters the most working months: 20% of all filtered messages were checked during these months. On the other hand, June and July brought us 14 % of filtered messages. Hmm, spammers do like warm water and sandy beaches during summer?
We have also check the reported messages. Theses are the messages you think slipped through and we thought they are valid for you. The amount of these messages is 0.0051% of all filtered messages. The number is lowered a bit from last year’s 0.0054% which we think is pretty good. Now we have a goal for this year 🙂
We hope our service helped you last year and saved you some time in 2018.
We also believe 2019 will be less spammy or more safe in your Inbox 😉
Thanks for reading and stay tuned!
Christmas spirit is already in the air with all the presents buying, planning time with your family and friends and trying to finish all important deals by the New Year. In other words, Christmas Rush is coming or has already come 😉
What is Christmas Rush for you? Do you spend all your free time doing Christmas shopping or burn the midnight oil in the office trying to finish an important project before the New Year comes? Do you own a business and are preparing to deal with the rush of shoppers that will flood the stores or you are the one, who already have ordered all the presents online and waiting for their successful delivery?
You might have different associations with Christmas Rush, but we know one thing about you for sure – you have an email address that might suffer from spam during this festive season.
As research has shown Christmas time is also a “cyber crime time” as people tend to buy more and more things online, become busier and less attentive.
Cyber criminals’ shopping list includes such things as bogus shipping delivery status notifications, unsolicited emails offerings special deals, and fake receipts for online buying which seduce you to open attachments containing ransomware and so on and so forth.
A good tip is to stay alerted and double check before clicking to open some suspicious email and get yourself a little helper for your mail box. Our Spamster will sort out your emails so that you do not spend a priceless time on reading spam messages and maybe even save some money not clicking on a malicious link.
We do celebrate Christmas and New Year but we also work hard during those days and our spamsters are ready to help you anytime!
Sing up here:
Cup of coffee can prevent you from falling asleep in the middle of an important meeting,
Doing morning exercises can help you wake up faster,
Using Spamdrain prevents you from routine Inbox cleaning and saves your time.
Add a Spamdrain app to your mobile device, whether it is Android or iOS device!
And it’s free! Download the app for no cost right now!
Want to manage faster and easier – one click on your phone and ‘Voila!’:
All features from the web version included in the app,
Provide feedback and help us become better!
Sound interesting – go to play market/app store
Easy set up – just log in with already registered email – have fun!
P.S. Don’t drink too much coffee, some say it is dangerous as well as too much spam.
Good that there is never too much of tidy Inbox 😉
Yep, you are right free support is the keyword this autumn.
As you probably know we provide support if using Spamdrain+ subscription type:
This autumn we decided to provide support for basic subscription types as well. This means you can email us at our support email address even if using basic subscription type. Our service is quite simple in use, however we are ready and glad to help you if any questions arise. If you are new customer at Spamdrain, if you are using it for two, three or five year – you are still receive a reply with the solution that will improve your experience with the service.
Well, enough talking here:
you can subscribe or log in. Once logged in, check the question mark in the right bottom corner for helpdesk and support.
Summer equator is over and we would like to share some statistics with you. The first month of summer showed us that spammers do take vacations. With 14M filtered spam messages June is the least spammed month of this year so far. On the other hand January is on top of the list having 17M spam messages filtered.
If we have a closer look at the whole picture of filtered messages, we can see that half of the messages is spam. Coming back to our leading months, January goes with 30M filtered messages and June goes with 25.4M messages filtered. Yes, you are right the spam part is even bigger than 50%.
We also wanted to share some good news like decreasing of spam messages but looks like it is not the case this year. The average amount of spam being filtered is 16M spam messages per month. Using simple math you can see that our users receive 500K spam emails per day and 6 spam messages per second.
Everything mentioned above proves one more time that using spam filter saves your time and makes your life just a bit easier. Stay tuned and have a sunny summer with clean Inbox.
P.S. Special offers are about to come next week! Don’t forget to check our social networks pages.