Browse Definitions :
Definition

spim (instant messaging spam)

Spim is spam delivered through instant messaging (IM) instead of through e-mail messaging. Although less ubiquitous than its e-mail counterpart, spim is reaching more users all the time. According to a report from Ferris Research, 500 million IM spam were sent in 2003, twice the level of 2002. As it becomes more prevalent, spim could impact the business community similarly to the way that spam does now, by consuming corporate resources and creating security problems.

In some ways, IM is an especially useful channel for spammers. For one thing, the immediacy of IM makes users more likely to reflexively click links. Furthermore, because it bypasses anti-virus software and firewalls, IM is an easy means of passing on not only commercial messages, but also viruses and other malware. Meanwhile, government, corporations, and ISPs are united in the fight against spam, with proposed solutions such as e-mail postage and legislation such as the Can-Spam Act of 2003. As anti-spam measures for e-mail are more widely implemented and become more effective, frustrated spammers may increasingly turn to spim.

One way to protect yourself from spim is to block messages from anyone not your buddy list, or to allow messages only from those on a permission list. Here's how to do that in some of the popular IM programs:

  • In the AOL IM program window, select "preferences" on the bottom left hand side. In the Preferences window, elect the "Privacy" category from the list on the left-hand side, and then choose from the options available, such as "Allow only users on my Buddy list."
  • In the Yahoo IM window, under "Login," select "Privacy Settings," and then select "Ignore anyone who is not on my Friends list."
  • In the MSN Messenger window, under "Tools," select "Options," and then click the "Privacy" tab. Click the box by "Only people on my Allow List can see my status and send me messages."
This was last updated in September 2005

Continue Reading About spim (instant messaging spam)

SearchCompliance
  • OPSEC (operations security)

    OPSEC (operations security) is a security and risk management process and strategy that classifies information, then determines ...

  • smart contract

    A smart contract is a decentralized application that executes business logic in response to events.

  • compliance risk

    Compliance risk is an organization's potential exposure to legal penalties, financial forfeiture and material loss, resulting ...

SearchSecurity
SearchHealthIT
SearchDisasterRecovery
  • What is risk mitigation?

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • change control

    Change control is a systematic approach to managing all changes made to a product or system.

  • disaster recovery (DR)

    Disaster recovery (DR) is an organization's ability to respond to and recover from an event that affects business operations.

SearchStorage
  • secondary storage

    Secondary storage is persistent storage for noncritical data that doesn't need to be accessed as frequently as data in primary ...

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser.

  • JBOD (just a bunch of disks)

    JBOD, which stands for 'just a bunch of disks,' is a type of multilevel configuration for disks.

Close