Monday, August 6, 2007

Spam go to work?

Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems. It is the mass mailing of a single email to thousands to a billion of recipients. The spam perpetrator or "spammer" obtains a list of valid email addresses from one of several sources, then fire out as many emails, hoping to get one or two percent of profitable responses. Commercial spam is like telemarketing on steroids. Instead of one call at a time, you can send thousands of emails in a very short period, with really no expense besides the bandwidth necessary to mail out all that email, or just the cost of the Internet connection itself.

The second most common source of spam are the many email propagating viruses, or 'worms' on the Internet. Once a computer is infected with one of these programs, it will email a copy of the virus accompanied by a sometimes deceptive, often inane message, to every email address known by the system. If these emails are opened, the worm will reproduce itself exponentially, creating more junk email.

The Spammer is spamming in different media such as Instant Messaging and Chat Room spam, Chat spam, Newsgroup spam and forum spam, Mobile phone spam, Online game messaging spam, Spam targeting search engines, Blog, wiki, and guestbook spam and Spam targeting video sharing sites.

Over 45% of all email sent over the Internet is unwanted and uninvited. The best way of dealing with spam currently is through avoidance and redirection. If you use email, sooner or later you will start receiving spam, but if you can redirect this spam to a location where you don't have to look at it, it won't do you any harm.

Now many email providers have a spam filtering, by clicking report spam or marking a message as spam, all the spamming messages, will only appearing in your spamming box not in yours inbox.


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