Internet Defense Technologies is now QuestaVOLTA

The Short Story The same team that created Internet Defense Technologies (IDT) now brings our hosting offerings together under the name QuestaVOLTA (Italian words meaning “This Time”). The only difference is the name. We haven’t been acquired, merged with, regurgitated or re-constituted. Besides, IDT is too hard to say or give out over the phone …

What is Backscatter?

Article from Ron Edison, Founder and CTO of Internet Defense Technology What is backscatter? These are bounces generated by spam that is sent with forged return paths (as most spam is). The bounces return to the actual owner of the email address. A great deal of backscatter returns to email addresses that don’t actually exist …

Scareware – not just for Halloween

Ever hear the old adage you get what you pay for? There is an ever increasing number of fake Spam products that are disguised as real protection for your computer. This is known as Scareware. It’s those little flicker boxes that jump up on your screen telling you “click here for a free trial – …

Is this Spam from Legitimate Company or “Spammer”?

Here is the tricky part: How do you know if someone who has spammed you has your email legitimately or from some less scrupulous means? Well, the best way to determine if an unsubscribe will work is to determine the sender. For example, some reputable online catalogs, merchandisers, retailers, etc., will send you spam. These …

Malware: Definition

Malware:  This is a term that is a compound word formed from Malicious and software. Shortened to MalWare. The word Mal comes from the Latin word Malus which means bad. Ware is usually used to refer a kind or class of merchandise or of a manufactured item like, silverware; glassware, software. The derivation of this …

I just sent all my friends an email – did I just spam them?

Did you blind cc them????? If not, I would guess ALL your friends would call it spam! There is nothing more annoying than having your email blasted to a bunch of people you don’t know and likely don’t want to know! However, if you sent an email with a blind copy, you probably did okay …

Why can’t I just answer all spam emails and tell them to stop?

I know it seems almost unbelievable that this could be the case, but the reality is, Spammers are some of the most unscrupulous people and if you were to email them back that you wanted to be removed from their list it is almost positive that they will take that as a bona fide email …

Anniversary of First Spam Message

Today, May 3, 1978, was the first time a Spam message was sent via the Internet. On May 3, 1978, the first documented spam message was sent out to 393 people. It was then customary to only send an individual message via email to a singular end user. Who could have imagined that the laziness …

Post-irritated: Spam and the Filter’s Make It so Hard to be on Email

There are so many problems with service based internet issues today it’s a wonder anyone still emails! From Spam, to Malware, to Viruses, Phishing attempts and on and on it is a barrage of funk. Imagine walking down the street and people yelling at you to buy this or try that or whatever other random …

Why shouldn’t I open up my spam emails?

Spam emails often contain certain types of virues, mal ware, etc., that can infect your computer, but in order to infect your computer you have to OPEN them. Imagine you knew a person who had AIDS. Would you rub an open sore to a bloody sore on their body? Of course not. I know it’s …

Watch out! UPS email has a bad virus connected to it

There is an email being sent around that looks like a legit UPS email, it is in fact bogus. The subject line has this “UPS Tracking #” and then a bunch of numbers like: 6956309903 in it. Below is the text of the email, if you receive this email do not open the attachment, it …

“Buyer” Beware – iTunes Named Spam

You may have seen a recent iTunes email that went something like this: Subject: Thank you for buying iTunes Gift Certificate! “Hello! You have received an iTunes Gift Certificate in the amount of $50.00.  You can find your certificate code in attachment below. Then you need to open iTunes. Once you verify your account, $50.00 …

“Out of Office”

I have on occasion gotten an “out of office” message from someone, usually not a close friends, but some business contact. While I appreciate the answer, there is some risk in doing this. There are spammers who specifically send out messages with just one line of garbage in it. While you may feel it is …