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Spam Emails

Post by yabbadoo » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:41 am

With Sandboxie, is it safe to open spam emails ?
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Re: Spam Emails

Post by Barb@Invincea » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:54 am

Hi yabbadoo,

Please see:
https://www.sandboxie.com/EmailProtection
https://www.sandboxie.com/FAQ_Virus

You can play with potential malware at your own risk. Sandboxie will protect you , but nothing is 100% malware proof.
For more info, here's a forum search: search.php?keywords=malware&fid%5B0%5D=17

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Re: Spam Emails

Post by yabbadoo » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:11 am

Thank you Barb.

A quicky - Is even opening an email dangerous ? Images or embedded pixels such as MSGTAG and other trackers use immediately trigger information.
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Re: Spam Emails

Post by Barb@Invincea » Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:14 am

Hello yabbadoo,

The info I provided covers how Sandboxie protects you when using emails and how do we approach virus protection (remember, Sandboxie is NOT an antivirus).
If you have questions outside Sandboxie's realm, you may want to reach out to your Antivirus support team, and/or run an online search for more details.

Also I am leaving this thread open in case anybody else wants to chime in, just remember this forum is about Sandboxie, not viruses in general.

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Re: Spam Emails

Post by bjm » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:23 am

yabbadoo wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:11 am
Is even opening an email dangerous?
When you open an email, several things start happening in the background to allow it to display properly on your device.
Often, if an email includes pictures or resources – like special fonts – these are downloaded from the sender’s own web server and while many legitimate businesses use this to make more visually appealing emails, these techniques can be abused by fraudsters to find out more about you, and your device.
google > "don't open spam emails because"
Best practice = don't open spam, don't reply/forward spam, don't reply Unsubscribe, don't click links, don't move spam, don't. Just block address.
There's a reason why 50% of all email traffic worldwide is unwanted spam.
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Re: Spam Emails

Post by yabbadoo » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:13 am

I find that most probably Sandboxie in its virtual world is excellent in limiting incoming infections, which just fly around in their virtual cage until killed off on browser shutdown.

Sandboxie does not presumably save us from outgoing information theft. Thus simply opening a spam email can release an abundance of personal data once the implanted image or embedded pixel is revealed on opening.

My old computer is now disconnected, but I am sure that I received MSGTAG "opened" notifications on OE6 not sanboxed, from emails within Sandboxie.
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