>>If you did any holiday shopping online,
your email inbox is probably jammed with spam.>>Wait until you hear what a cybersecurity
expert says you’re not supposed to do with those emails. Chris Horvatits is in our newsroom.
We were surprised to hear about this.>>So was I. And concerned – because it’s
something I do with my accounts. A lot of us probably do – but it could be risky.>>I would say if I get about 15 email five
of those might be spam. And for Lily Iserson – just like the rest
of you – it can get annoying.>>It does but i usually have an automatic filter
set up. And I usually unsubscribe from emails if I sign up from certain shopping outlets.” Who hasn’t unsubscribed those emails before?
Whether they be from a place you’ve never heard of – or legitimate business you’ve bought
from. Rick Mislan teaches cybersecurity at RIT and information systems courses at Nazareth
College. He says it’s best to think twice before clicking unsubscribe.>>Depending on who is sending it and how
it’s connected back to some central server, it could be legitimizing that email address.
In other words, it’s saying to them, ‘Yes I’ve received an email and now I can use this
to send more spam to.>>I think that makes sense especially if
it’s a company that’s trying to solicit more information from you or if it’s an
unscrupulous company. But if it’s more of a small fashion outlet or an art store online,
then they’re usually pretty good at genuinely unsubscribing you.>>This past holiday season – you spent a collective 91.7
billion dollars online. And if you provided an email address – there’s a good chance
you’re starting to see more spam creep into your inbox. Mislan says there’s no easy solution
– but here’s what he suggests you do.>>It’s really tough. The best thing to do
is just mark it as junk, add it to a block list, then delete it.>>Some more advice from the pros – create
an extra email address you use specifically for online purchases – so all that spam can
filter into one place. And whatever you do – don’t respond messages.