Spam vs. Phishing

A comprehensive approach to operations is required for the safety of your Internet browsing sessions. ‘Spam’ and ‘Phishing’ are two terms that usually arise in a discussion of online security. Sometimes, spam and phishing, especially when phishing scams use spam messaging, are used interchangeably.

What is Spam?

The online equivalent of junk mail is spam. Spam is usually in the form of unsolicited emails waiting to be opened that arrive in your inbox or the spam box. This type of email message is intended for one specific purpose so that you can click on links, open emails, or navigate.

The worst thing about spam is that it’s not all harmless emails. Spam messages often just block your inbox and serve as annoyances that you just want to delete in bulk. But they may sometimes ‘appear’ to come from government agencies, banks, insurance companies, schools, and colleges, etc.

Messaging from spam is geared towards action. Your antivirus software should identify the message as spam once a message arrives in your email inbox, and quarantine/delete it accordingly.

One way to identify spam messages is to click on the sender’s address and expand it to see what the full details of the address are revealed. The most effective defense is a safe site checker, but other measures can be employed too.

In Yahoo and Gmail, and other email programs, you can mark spam and report it accordingly. These are useful techniques to reduce the sheer volume of spam messaging that you receive.

What is Phishing?                                      

A phishing email is one of the most commonly used infiltration techniques by scammers. Typically, these are sent to employees at a business. They look like legitimate emails, for all intents and purposes, but they’re not.

They contain dangerous code known as malware that downloads and installs into the host computer automatically, hacking into the servers and systems of the company. While you are browsing the Internet, links to these malicious websites may be sent via email or through stand-alone websites. They are, nonetheless, extremely dangerous.

A phishing email is one of the most commonly used infiltration techniques by scammers. Typically, these are sent to employees at a business. They look like legitimate emails, for all intents and purposes, but they’re not.

They contain dangerous code known as malware that downloads and installs into the host computer automatically, hacking into the servers and systems of the company. While you are browsing the Internet, links to these malicious websites may be sent via email or through stand-alone websites. They are, nonetheless, extremely dangerous.

Phishing scams are malicious attempts to get you to use an authentic-appearing source to voluntarily provide personal information.