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Whether it’s been about canned meat or emails, you’ve probably asked yourself this question before. While we can’t definitively answer for the canned meat, we’re more than happy to walk you through spam emails and how to avoid them.

What is Spam?

“Spam” is used as a catch-all term to describe unsolicited emails sent out in bulk by a third-party that you may not have had any prior affiliation with. For example, you might have signed up for a newsletter from one site, but another managed to get your email to send you junk. The most common type of spam is scam mail, like phishing, baiting, spoofing, and malicious emails. These types of emails pose risks to your cyber security and should be avoided at all costs, but not all spam mail is scam mail. Sometimes it's just junk mail from companies trying to sell you something. You must learn to tell the difference. 

How Did Spammers Get My Email?

Spammers can get your email through a few different methods; it just depends on the scammer. Some people buy lists legally or illegally from different websites with lax privacy policies. This typically happens when you sign up for newsletters or discounts from sketchy websites.

Alternatively, spammers may use random email generators to make lists of potential addresses to scam. In this case, there’s no one to blame but the email generator. If you find your inbox being flooded with spam and junk mail, it may be time to build a plan of action.

How to Avoid It

The best way to avoid spam is to keep your email completely private by never signing up for newsletters or coupons. Unfortunately, you’d miss out on a lot of opportunities that way, so being smart about what you sign up for is the next best thing. Learn how to tell the difference between a safe website and a sketchy one.


You might also try unsubscribing from any promotional emails or newsletters that you’re no longer interested in. At the bottom of the latest email, look for a small “unsubscribe” button. It’s illegal to withhold the option to opt out, so every legitimate email will have one.

Dedicated Spam Email

Alternatively, you could try having a dedicated spam email. Most people have multiple emails, one for business and one for personal use. Try adding a junk email to the mix. This way, you can still access all those newsletters and coupons without worrying about compromising the safety of your foundation. Just make sure you don’t use it for anything important, like utilities or bank information. It should be for spam purposes only.


As the world becomes more integrated with technology, internet safety becomes more important. You’ll never have to worry about that with Socket. We take your privacy seriously and will never sell your personal-use information to third parties. With Socket, you can enjoy unusually fast internet with the comfort of knowing we strive to keep your information safe. There’s nothing better than that!