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Common Email Address Terms: Defined


If you are using a reverse e-mail search for the first time, you may run into various terms of which you are not certain of the definition.  The following are the most common terms and expressions used regarding different kinds of e-mail, to help you understand exactly what you're looking up, and what your results provide.

- Reverse E-Mail Search - also known as a "reverse e-mail lookup", a reverse e-mail search allows you to enter an e-mail address into a search field so that you can discover information that is related to that e-mail address.  This can include the name of the sender, the IP address, the reputation of the address, and whether the e-mail is from a known spammer.

- IP Address - also known as the "internet protocol address", an IP address is an identifier of the actual computer or device on a TCP/IP network that sent the e-mail to you.  An example of an IP address is 1.123.13.231, where the number is broken into four groups which are divided by periods.  Each of these groups can be a number ranging anywhere from zero to 255.

- E-Mail Reputation - this is a new concept that some reverse e-mail search sites have incorporated into their search results.  The reputation is usually a numerical score based on the type of sites associated with that e-mail address, as well as ratings that individual users have given the e-mail based on dealings with the sender, such as receiving SPAM e-mails from the sender.

- SPAM - SPAM is a slang term for e-mail officially designated as unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE). These e-mails are sent to a recipient without that recipient's verifiable permission and is a part of a group e-mailing which is a part of a larger collection of e-mails that are sent out. Both bulk e-mails and unsolicited e-mails are considered to be normal, but when emails are both bulk and unsolicited, they are considered to be SPAM.

- Spammer - a spammer is the sender of SPAM messages.  Often, spammers use several different e-mail addresses in order to complete a full unsolicited bulk e-mail campaign.  However, many reverse e-mail searches can provide information regarding spammer e-mails, if only the fact that they are known to participate in these undesirable activities.



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