Why do we hate spam so much?

Written by Linda Landry

Why do we hate spam so much? By Linda Landry (c)

Everyone agrees that spam is BAD! We obviously hate it because we named it SPAM. The garbage lunch meat packed in a can and made from leftover animal parts;repparttar next thing to waste! Yes, I agree it is annoying to have your electronic mail box filled with unsolicited mail. But isn't that whatrepparttar 132730 delete key is for? Once you eliminaterepparttar 132731 unwanted item, it is as if it never existed. So why do we get so upset? Is it because we get unnecessary mail telling us how to grow body organs we don't have or how to get more pleasure from sex? Or is itrepparttar 132732 pornography we did not request and we are embarrassed that someone may think we did? I am surerepparttar 132733 large part of our concern is 'catching' a virus. We can protect ourselves from this contamination with software just as we can protect ourselves from germs by taking precautions. We cannot totally eliminaterepparttar 132734 possibility of becoming infected. But we have learned to

Top Ten Junk Email Do's and Don'ts

Written by Esu Matra

Top Ten Junk Email Do's and Don'ts 2003 - Esu Matra

First, a definition (several definitions, actually)...

Spam Email: Refers generally to email communication that you do not want, from senders that you do not have any existing business relationship with, sent in large quantities of mostly identical messages. Also refers to junk email, UCE (Unsolicited Commerical Email), and sometimes to bulk email.

It seems that email usage has turned from being a window onrepparttar world to being in a cell in a fortress or castle. You are afraid that you don't have enough defenses. You don't like being inrepparttar 132729 fort, because you remember that only a short while ago this same location was a beautiful open field.

We wroterepparttar 132730 preceding paragraph before attendingrepparttar 132731 momentous U.S. FTC Spam Forum that ended in May 2003. The forum was attended by people on all ofrepparttar 132732 many sides ofrepparttar 132733 "anti-junk-email" war. But, at least one ofrepparttar 132734 panel members echoedrepparttar 132735 feeling thatrepparttar 132736 junk email problem will be solved when your email in-box operates like it did when you (for you internet old-timers) first started. In those days, you just got email from people and organization you knew, andrepparttar 132737 "open field" of email communication really was beautiful - no junk.

The attendees atrepparttar 132738 FTC conference and other similar forums about junk email do not always agree onrepparttar 132739 definition of, repparttar 132740 best solution to, orrepparttar 132741 scope ofrepparttar 132742 junk email problem. But for most emailers, there is general agreement that it is a growing problem that they want stopped - fast!

There are many possible variations torepparttar 132743 top ten junk email DO's and DONT's list below. The items are presented with some humor to keep a light edge to a serious problem:

1. DON'T userepparttar 132744 unsubscribe option or reply to junk mails - this option atrepparttar 132745 bottom of a junk email message is a trick that spammers use to make sure thatrepparttar 132746 address is real. However, atrepparttar 132747 FTC forum it was reported that unsubscribing does not seem to increase spam, so it may not result in too much damage if you have unsubscribed or replied inrepparttar 132748 past. Also, if you remember subscribing torepparttar 132749 sender, and believe them to be reputable, then userepparttar 132750 unsubscribe option provided.

2. DO spend time complaining about spam, responsibly and appropriately. Do realize thatrepparttar 132751 sender of any email can be faked, along with other information. Your internet service provider (ISP) can help you in tracking downrepparttar 132752 real sender.

3. DON'T view or even pre-view a suspicious message while online. Why? The pictures used in some messages are only retrieved fromrepparttar 132753 spammer's computers when you viewrepparttar 132754 message, and at that time you could be tellingrepparttar 132755 spammers that you receivedrepparttar 132756 message. It has been observed that identical junk messages may have different codes - possibly to get past email filters, or possibly to track who opensrepparttar 132757 messages. Note that some online webmail providers allow you to not retrieve images when viewing messages, and this option is recommended to prevent spamsters from measuring repparttar 132758 effectiveness of their work.

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