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Pro­tec­tion against SPAM

About half of all the e-mail traffic world­wide con­sists of spam. Next to adver­tising, this often also involves attempts at spreading mal­ware and phishing. To reduce this risk and spam received into your inbox gen­er­ally, it helps to follow cer­tain rules.

Pro­tect your­self against spam mails by...

  • being cau­tious of dis­closing your e-mail addresses.
  • using sev­eral graded e-mail addresses.
  • not using any short e-mail addresses.
  • Using spam fil­ters in e-mail soft­ware, and those offered by the providers.


Phishing mails are one of the greatest threats to e-banking. Fraud­sters employ these to try and obtain access to your account. To be able to send you such e-mails, fraud­sters will have to find out your e-mail address first though.

You should there­fore be cau­tious and careful when giving out your e-mail addresses, even if just gen­er­ally to reduce the amount of spam you receive. Don’t dis­close them just any­where. Use dif­ferent e-mail addresses, graded by impor­tance or con­fi­den­tiality depending on the partner with whom you com­mu­ni­cate via this e-mail address.

Fraud­sters often use soft­ware to simply try out all com­bi­na­tions of short addresses. Choosing a long e-mail address can offer a cer­tain degree of protection.

Most e-mail soft­ware (e. g. Microsoft Out­look) includes func­tions enabling you to filter all e-mails received. Do use these (e. g. junk e-mail).

Mail providers also employ solu­tions meant to min­i­mize spam prob­lems. To do so, all e-mails received are analysed for cer­tain cri­teria (e. g. sub­ject line, return address, key words in the e-mail text, etc.) and clas­si­fied as wanted or unwanted e-mails depending on the rules installed. Depending on your provider, you will have to acti­vate the respec­tive filter (or have it activated).

Spam (also called junk mail) is the umbrella term for unwanted e-mails which often con­tain adver­tising mate­rials. Phishing mails, aimed at stealing per­sonal data from the recip­ient, also count as spam.

In accor­dance with sev­eral studies, the pro­por­tion of spam amounts to about half of all e-mail traffic worldwide.

Sup­ported by the Fer­n­meldege­setz (FMG) and the Bun­des­ge­setz gegen den unlauteren Wet­tbe­werb (UWG), spam is strictly pro­hib­ited in Switzerland.

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