Spam reduction tools

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Mozilla and the stand-alone Thunderbird: e-mail programs (“clients”) with a Bayesian filter, i.e. a filter that keeps learning and is therefore able to adapt to the constantly changing forms of spam Disposable e-mail accounts, various types for registering on web … Read More

Examination of anti-spam methods

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There are a number of services and software systems that mail sites and users can use to reduce the load of spam on their systems and mailboxes. Some of these depend upon rejecting email from Internet sites known or likely … Read More

Protection against spam

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End users can protect themselves from the brunt of spam’s impact in numerous ways. Preventing Address Harvesting Preventing spammers from obtaining your email address doesn’t really solve the spam problem, any more than avoiding all but lowest crime areas of … Read More

Email spam filters

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The continuing increase in spam has resulted in rapid growth in the use of spam filter programs: software designed to examine incoming email and separate spam emails from genuine email messages intended for the user. Unwanted e-mail can be filtered … Read More

Stopping e-mail abuse

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E-mail has become the subject of much abuse, in the form of both spamming and E-mail worm programs. Both of these flood the in-boxes of E-mail users with junk E-mails, wasting their time and money, and often carrying offensive, fraudulent, … Read More

History of spamming

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“SPAM” a 19th Century Problem In the late 19th Century Western Union allowed telegraphic messages on its network to be sent to multiple destinations. Up until the Great Depression wealthy North American residents would be deluged with nebulous investment offers. … Read More

Political issues for spam

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Spamming remains a hot discussion topic. In fact, many online users have even suggested (though they were presumably joking) that cruel forms of capital punishment would be appropriate for spammers. In 2004, the seized Porsche of an indicted spammer was … Read More

Costs of spam

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The California legislature found that spam cost United States organizations alone more than $10 billion in 2004, including lost productivity and the additional equipment, software, and manpower needed to combat the problem. Spam’s direct effects include the consumption of computer … Read More

Alternate meanings of spam

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The term “spamming” is also used in the older sense of something repetitious and disruptive by players of various video games, most often first-person shooters or fighting games. For shooters, it refers to “area denial” tactics—repeatedly firing rockets or other … Read More

Spam history

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The term spam is derived from the Monty Python SPAM sketch, set in a cafe where everything on the menu includes SPAM luncheon meat. As the server recites the SPAM-filled menu, presently a chorus of Viking patrons drowns out all … Read More

Noncommercial spam

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E-mail and other forms of spamming have been used for purposes other than advertisements. Many early Usenet spams were religious or political in nature. Serdar Argic, for instance, spammed Usenet with historical revisionist screeds. A number of evangelists have spammed … Read More

Commercial uses of spam

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The most common purpose for spamming is advertising. Goods commonly advertised in spam include pornography, unlicensed computer software, medical products such as Viagra, credit card accounts, and fad products. In part because of the bad reputation (and dubious legal status) … Read More

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