While there are many scams and frauds on the internet, many of which you can spot a mile away, there has been a massive increase in the number of SPAM internet hosting offers. It seems that more and more internet users are letting these SPAM hosting offers slip under their radar, and actually considering them!

Surely a good offer is worth considering?

When you receive a SPAM hosting offer, you should treat this as you would any other SPAM email – bin it!

You need to ask yourself a few questions before even considering opening it, which include :-

If the company are that good, why do they need to send you unsolicitored emails?

Do you know that the email is clean? Are you sure there is no spyware or virus attached?

Have you ever heard of the sender?

SPAM is actually illegal – would a reputable company act in this manner?
If you are even considering opening the email, you need to ask yourself if you are really happy with your current host. If not, you should start looking around yourself, not waiting for SPAM offers to drop into your inbox.

While there have been many instances of people signing up to SPAM hosting offers, there have also been reports that these offers where not quite what the customers had expected. Maybe the length of contract was longer than expected, were there any hidden charges or maybe the up time was not what you might expect?

At the end of the day, SPAM is SPAM and there are fundamental reasons why companies use this method of contacting you. You need to understand the mind set of these companies, and what kind of customer that they are looking to attract. Do you really want to be their next victim?

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Up until recently, spam was considered to be a form of precooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation. It did not have the best of public images then and neither does it now. The more common definition of spam or spamming, in the modern world, is the sending of many unsolicited messages indiscriminately – although the meat has had a surprising surge in popularity of late.

Spam is not only annoying but also very costly. The European Union has estimated the costs of spam at around ten billion euros per year, worldwide. This is largely due to the demands dismissing and deleting the spam puts on the time of employees. Moreover, companies are forced to pay for antispam software that must be continuously updated in order to keep one, small step ahead of would-be spammers.

Spam emails, just like any other email, also take up space on your server. If you are receiving a lot of them and do not find the time to delete them, then one day you may fight your site has gone down. This means, not only can no one access your site in order to purchase anything but any genuine orders or enquiries that are sent to you, via email, will not make it. This will mean that you have wasted money on cheap web hosting that you cannot use and that you are losing money, while your site is offline.

Enough scare mongering. What can you do about spam? For most small business, the single most effective thing they can do is to block themselves. What I means by this is to block the receipt of emails from your domain, other than those accounts which you have set up yourself. Spammers often try to hide their spam in this way – hoping that you will believe the message to be from a coworker.

Blocking emails from your own domain is relatively easy using cPanel, simply click mail then the ‘default address’ option followed by ‘set default address’. Now, choose the domain name in the menu and enter ‘:fail: no such address here’ into the ‘to’ field.

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