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What is Spam?

Spam is defined as unsolicited, bulk e-mail.  Typically spam comes from strangers - people who have obtained your e-mail address without your permission. If you signed up for the mailing (intentionally or accidentally), it may be undesirable e-mail, but it is not technically spam. Likewise, if you have some sort of business relationship with the sender, it is not spam. So, an e-mail sent to you from your bank, an online service you signed up for, or your department at OSU would not be considered spam. 

Note: Using OSU's e-mail system to send unauthorized bulk mailings is against the Acceptable Use Policy.  For information about how to do a bulk mailing at OSU correctly, please see the Guidelines for Release of E-mail Addresses.

Where does spam come from?

Today most spam comes from virus-infected personal computers, hacked e-mail accounts and free e-mail providers. Use caution when opening e-mails from addresses you don't recognize, and always scan email attachments for viruses. If your computer has become noticeably slower, it's a good idea to run virus-detection software.

Finally: NEVER share your password!

What can I do against spam?

We understand spam is a frusterating topic for everyone. The best way to handle spam, here at Oregon State University, is to forward any spam you get to spam@oregonstate.edu. From there, we can work to reduce the amount of spam going out to all email users. We also have a few documents below to help you avoid spam:

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