Spam seems to arrive in every single email account we use, no matter how careful we are. How are spammers getting all our email addresses? And can we do anything to hide our email address from spammers?
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to prevent spammers from bombarding you with emails. There are some tips that will help protect you, but spammers will probably find your email address eventually.
Leaked Account Databases
The easiest way for spammers to collect large lists of good, active email addresses is via leaked account databases. These password leaks happen with frightening regularity. Organizations as big as Adobe, LinkedIn, eHarmony, Gawker, Last.fm, Yahoo!, Snapchat and Sony have all been compromised in the past few years. These leaked databases are normally considered a security threat because they often show account names and passwords. However, they generally show email addresses, too. Spammers can download these leaked databases and add the millions of email addresses to their email lists. Spammers know that the majority of these email addresses should be active, so these databases are excellent for them.
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