Information Technology Services

SPAM: Just Delete It

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.

SPAM vs Phishing Scams

Spam is junk e-mail sent in bulk to unsolicited recipients. It includes chain letters, advertisements, get rich quick scams, and pornography. Almost everyone who uses e-mail receives spam.

Phishing scams, usually a more specific type of SPAM, are typically fraudulent e-mail messages appearing to come from legitimate sources like your bank, your Internet Service Provider, eBay, or PayPal, for example. These messages usually direct you to a fake web site and ask you for private information (e.g., password, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft.

More information on Phishing Scams

How ITS fights spam

ITS is committed to combating spam both at the university firewall level (that is, at the edge of the University network) and by providing e-mail software that has specific junk mail handling features. There are also some things you can do both to reduce the number of spam messages you get and to make it easier to deal with the spam you do get.

When you want to block an e-mail from being received or allow an e-mail to be received that is being blocked you can log into our spam filter system using your complete email address and your usual password.

Spam filter login screen

Our spam filter is at http://canit01.muw.edu/canit