Spamming is a shady form of advertising done via sending email in bulk to random email addresses gathered from publicly available sources with the intent to sell or promote something. Most spam are harmless pieces of sales literature you can safely drag to your computer’s trash bin. Some, however, may contain malicious links and come with harmful file attachments.

You may wonder how junk email was named after a brand of canned meat. Some people may consider SPAM (the canned meat) as undesirable as unsolicited email ads. But the use of the word comes from a 1970s TV skit from the iconic comedy group Monty Python. In the skit, everytime the waitress mentions “SPAM”, some Vikings start singing “SPAM! SPAM!” This drowns out all conversation in the same way spam email overloads your inbox.

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