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March, more spam than ever

By Julio Franco
Apr 9, 2003
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  1. Unfortunately we keep losing in the war against spam. Anti-spam firm Brightmail recorded a 4-percent month-on-month increase last March, however even more stunning is the 100% increase compared to a year ago.

    In total scams and other financial offers--such as the grey area of low interest loans and mortgages--accounts for 27 per cent of all spam (10 per cent scams, 17 per cent financial offers).
    Adult spam, such as solicitations to visit porn sites or advertisements for premium rate phone numbers, accounts for 19 per cent of all spam. Product advertising accounts for a further 19 per cent, rising to 23 per cent when you factor in the separate category of medical products such as miracle pills and potions.


    I will assume we all hate spam so you will want to take a look to some of these utilities that help to prevent it, our friends at Majorgeeks have a comprehensive list of programs.
  2. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    OMG, this is crazy!

    How can this continue at the pace it does without some serious legal actions taken?

    And not just only the Spam, the viruses also for that matter...
    I've had my Yahoo adress (hanzzzon [at] yahoo [dot] com) for more than 7 years now and I daily receive somewhere around 15-20 spam mails...

    Though I've seen that Hotmail is even worse...

    Well, the only thing I can really recommend for you is to use one of the programs on that site Julio linked to, I use SpamNet myself: www.cloudmark.com

    And also post your e-mail adress the way I did above, that will prevent bots from finding it and adding it to some Spam list...
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Well, I get on average 50 spams a day...
    And most of them come to an email which I don't publish anywhere!

    I'm using MailWasher (also linked from the site Julio linked), and it's quite good...

    Too bad I can't upgrade it anymore, as it now only supports one account (but version 2.0.18 beta works nicely with 3 accounts :))

    Only problem I have with it is that it takes forever to load (due to my "little" blacklist), and doesn't allow me to hide emails from blacklisted adresses....

    I'll have a little looksee on SpamNet...
    [EDIT]
    Well, if you use outlook it looks good enough... But for those of us who shun it, Mailwasher looks like the better choice...
    [/EDIT]
  4. emmae83

    emmae83 TS Rookie

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