Gone phishing.

Whether it be junk mail in the letterbox, cold callers on the phone or unsolicited texts on the mobile, it’s hard to escape the relentless advertising of marketing monkeys.

But it seems that operating over the Internet opens the doors to further types of unwanted messages, and more sinister ones at that. Get-rich-quick schemes, unexpected lottery wins, weight loss programs, fake donation appeals, adult products, sudden inheritances... The list goes on.

I feel like I’ve had a lot of spam to manage lately, and moreover have seen many others become the target of automated malware. It seems the more Internet services we use, the more we come across it. Sifting through and dealing with fake accounts on Facebook and spambots on Twitter takes up valuable time.

However, all the junk that comes through my email is thankfully pick up by filters. And I’ve had my fair share of spammy comments on this blog too – though Akismet takes care of that for me. According to their blog, the company blocked 700 pieces of spam per second in April 2012 alone!

Last week was National Cyber Security Awareness Week in Australia, run by Stay Smart Online. An important initiative in my opinion, which has some great tips on improving your online security both personally and professionally.

Luckily I’ve never been caught out by spam before, nor had a security breach or been done by a phishing scam for that matter. But as we rely more and more on the Internet, it would be reckless not to ensure that you are protected, and further more, backed-up too.

So what about those annoying spammers that are becoming ever prevalent? Should we just learn to accept them, deal with them and move on? Or is there a better solution?