Spam Solving - An Endless War - Will You Win Or Loose
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There are now over 1 BILLION internet users worldwide, this is one vast
market for spammers to force their wares on to you. And numbers are growing.
Email is a fast and cheap system to communicate with a vast audience, and
whilst it remains so spammers will continue to use this medium to sell products
The receipt of emails should in theory be opt in - if I ask for information,
to be added to a list or ask a question or some other request I should expect an
answer. To be approached by email without my approval is an infringement of my
privacy, and causes me to waste time and money dealing with these unwelcome
I do NOT want to receive dozens, perhaps hundreds of emails a day from people
or firms I do not know, but how do I stop it?
Well let's look at the options;
Legislation - well it worked well for drugs so why not spam? If the rewards
and profits are there people will always break the law, plus you have to catch
the lawbreakers, succeed in court and perhaps your success may deter some others
from doing it. Spam is international so legal methods are complex and costly and
in our view are only PART of the solution when fighting spam.
Install anti-spam software on your computer - why should you? it costs money
and takes up massive resources checking each item of email against good and bad
lists - plus the time it takes you or your staff to continually update
information. The more spam you get and the longer you have been controlling spam
the worse it gets. What percentage of all your mail is spam? 3 spam and 1
genuine email is still 75% spam even though 4 emails is not that many. OK you
may have only 25% spam but if you get 400 items of email a day 100 of them are
spam and that is far too many - get the message?
Use an ISP who has anti-spam filers - easier said than done, at best these
services delete OBVIOUS spam but cannot personalise their spam reduction service
to each user, so at best can only be PART of a spam detection and deletion
service. Those few ISPs who offer a more personalised spam control feature
involve you in regular updating and checking, usually online.
Would you answer your doorbell to a hundred callers a day, each one uninvited
and selling stuff you do not want and have no interest in it, inc porno and
So why accept spam?
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT SPAMMERS?
Email helps spammers as it is a MASS medium as well as cheap, and this gets
better as the number of email users increases and technology gets faster and
cheaper - spam can only INCREASE, potentially at least while we have the
internet, we will have spam. Spam is electronic so is highly mobile between
locations and countries so can evade detection easily for a long time.
Spammers do it automatically - a simple computer program working to a set of
instructions and rules - sending thousands of emails an hour, 24 hours a day, 7
days a week from thousands of locations across the world. 30 billion spam emails
a day thats an AVERAGE of 30 spam mails for EVERY USER - EVERY DAY.
Bouncing mail back at them or sending them messages is USELESS they often
appear to send email FROM an address which does NOT EXIST or they use other
peoples emails - your email could appear as a spam sender and you receive
BOUNCED EMAILS AS A RESULT - not strictly spam as such but a nuisance just the
Spammers continue to change and evolve, a sort of moving target - so are hard
to identify and even harder to catch. Spam Solution is likened to a well trained
army, well hidden, but alert and well armed - spammers are caught unawares,
their quest to reach you with their message is wasted, their efforts useless.
For the foreseeable future we cannot stop or even slow down SPAM FLOW, so we
must fight it, and this need not be costly or complicated, just better email and
web site better practices.
Maurice Clarke is founding owner of Spam Solution http://www.spam-solution.net
dedicated to expand its fight against spammers. Offering a wide
range of guides on email control and spam issues have led us to
become a major force in the fight against spam. If you found this
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