Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

How to Get on Top of the Dreaded Spam Emails

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

How to Get on Top of the Dreaded Spam Emails

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Byline: {} {IT BYTES Katrina Sommers }

SPAM would have to be one of the single most annoying computer phenomenon we battle with. Often you may wonder why does anyone bother doing it; doesn't everyone just delete it?

Well it may surprise you to know that it remains economically viable because there are no real operating costs apart from managing mailing lists, and it is very difficult to hold senders accountable. The sheer amount of spam being sent out means that a very low response rate can net a healthy profit.

The costs really are borne by the public and more so by the internet service provider, due to loss of productivity time and fraud. ISP's have spent a lot of money adding capacity to their services to help people cope with the deluge.

It is estimated that it costs internet users tens of billions of dollars each year.

Spam consumes computer and network resources, and time and attention to dismiss unwanted messages, let alone the costs associated with falling for a scheme initiated by spam! …

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