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Date: 6 December, 2010
Weight-loss programmes, get-rich quick schemes,
physical enhancements, cheap loans, 'unmissable' deals and pornography.
Unsolicited, unwanted and often unpleasant emails. In a word, Spam.
Why do I get spam?
The simple answer is that you get spam because you have an email
address. Spam now accounts for two out of every five emails sent
and it's a growing problem.
It's impossible to stop
everything. To do so would mean using a level of filtering that
would also stop many legitimate and wanted emails from reaching
Spammers send many millions of emails a day.
They do so because it is a very cheap form of mass-marketing, and
there are enough suckers out there to make it a profitable one too.
Who are the spammers?
At the time of writing it's reckoned that 90%
of the junk email in Europe and the USA is sent by just 200 individuals.
They use legal loopholes and 'offshore' hosting to evade the authorities
attempts to clamp down on them.
For more information on who these people are, see the Register Of
Known Spam Operators (ROKSO), at spamhaus.org
How do I stop spammers
getting my email address?
Spammers use many methods to gather email addresses.
Some, such as 'dictionary attacks' on mail servers,
basically theft of private details, are beyond your control.
Others you can prevent. Favourite places for
harvesting addresses are chat rooms, web pages, newsgroups, message
boards, chain emails and email directories.
The lesson is protect your email address. Treat
it like your telephone number, and be careful where you give it
Use a separate screen name in chat rooms
or in message boards
If you must for sign email petitions or post to a message
board using an email account, get a disposable address to use, such
as a hotmail account
If you do post your address, replace letters with human-readable
What's the best
way to deal with spam?
If you get it, delete it. NEVER reply to, or
forward spam. This will only confirm that your email address is
valid and get you on to yet more lists.
What about anti-spam
There are several anti-spam products available.
While we don't recommend any one, these are some you may like to
For Windows, 30 day free trial, $29.95 to buy
For Windows and Linux
Free download version
What's the legal
position with unsolicited email?
As of October 2003 spamming is effectively illegal
in the UK and Europe.
Under the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications
Directive, unsolicited mails may only be sent to individuals for
direct marketing purposes 'with their prior consent' or where there
is an existing relationship.
Links for further information
And for those who might be interested in SPAM Chopped pork and ham
- the official UK website
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