Email: The Difference Between Junk and Spam

Bob Young
5 min readMay 30, 2019

Junk email and spam email aren’t the same, and you should treat them differently. Here’s everything you need to know.

First, a brief disclaimer… Although there’s a technical difference between junk email and spam email, most people use the terms interchangeably. Also, some email programs don’t make a clear distinction. One email program lets you mark email as “junk.”

Another email program lets you mark email as “spam.”

And yet another email program lets you choose whether to mark an email as “spam” or…

Bob Young

CISO, Director of Information Security, and Security Consultant. Also, I wrote some books that have nothing to do with IT.