SPAM & Phishing
What is spam?Spam is often referred to as junk mail. It is generally used as a means of selling products or services to a large market of buyers. After obtaining the email addresses of a huge number of individuals, spammers bulk send their offers hundreds or thousands at a time.
Common types of spam include chain style forwards, coupons, adult content, solicitations, and unwanted advertising. They are usually commercial in nature and not expressly malicious. The Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) helped to lessen the problem of spam by mandating opt-out links and requiring senders to promptly honor those opt-outs.
What is phishing?Phishing, on the other hand, is purposefully designed by someone with the intention to harm a company or individual by obtaining sensitive information. It often takes the form of a seemingly legitimate-looking email message from a trusted sender. Phishing emails target credentials, passwords, payroll, banking, or other personal information of value. Identity theft is a common goal, and the perpetrator will attempt to trick the recipient into giving away sensitive data or to install malware by using social engineering tactics.
For more information about Spam & Phishing, you can take a look at our Spam & Phishing pamphlet.
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