By Snehal Sarangi ,Raipur Chattisgarh,Asst Prof : For most of internet users a spammer is a villain who is at least flooding people’s e-mail boxes with unwanted, annoying and absolutely useless advertisements and in worst case sending various harmful programs like viruses or trojans. In some countries spamming is officially considered as a crime. There are specialized police units focusing on this kind of crime and those brought to court are heavily fined or even given prison sentences. Benefits of Spam
Many of us think that spam is absolutely useless and inefficient as an advertising tool. How can it be of any use if everyone hates it and never read it? There is a huge variety of anti-spam programs designed to detect and filter out spam letters before they get into Inbox and even if spam managed to squeeze through all those filters most of the people never open it and delete immediately.
Spam as a Threat to Your Personal Security
It is difficult to disagree with the view that spam is an extremely unpleasant thing. When every day your mail box is being flooded with absolutely useless letters it can only be annoying. Apart from that, recently spam has become very dangerous both for the computer and the user. As a matter of fact, a file attached to an e-mail message can be simply opened from the mail client program. And if the attached file is an executable program then it will be run automatically. The danger is that a file from an unknown sender can easily be a virus or contain viruses. Which is more dangerous (but unfortunately not everybody clearly understand this) is that those days when viruses were only .exe or .com files are well in the past. Nowadays viruses can be hidden practically in every type of file including Microsoft Office documents or mp3 audio files.
Graphic spam: how to avoid spam filters using images
According to the latest reports of the IT security companies Sophos and Symantec the amount of graphic spam is about 30-40% in the total amount of junk mail. The worst thing about it is that quite often such emails manage to squeeze through the filters, no matter how strong is the installed anti-spam solution. By graphic spam specialists mean two types of emails: messages containing only a picture or those containing both a picture and some text. The main problem for spam filters is advertisement messages containing only graphic files. This type of spam is getting more and more popular and becomes a real challenge for the companies producing anti-spam software.
Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007: Built-in Junk Software
As the reader probably already know the latest versions of Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007 have built-in Junk E-mail Filter. Here we are going to talk about how it works, its advantages and disadvantages. When the user sets a certain level of anti-spam security, Outlook starts to analyze new incoming messages as soon as they arrive to Inbox. By default Junk E-mail Filter is set to Low level, which means that only obvious spam is filtered out. There is also High level of security, when Outlook thoroughly checks incoming messages and moves all the suspicious messages to Junk E-mail Folder. We would recommend you to try the Low level first, to see if it works correctly, and only then switch to High.
Spam in 2006: conclusions and forecasts
The whole history of spam looks very much like the arms race during the Cold War. From the very beginning when unsolicited messages started to appear in mail boxes, more and more measures have been taken to stop the growth of spam. However spammers refuse to give up and for every anti-spam restriction or software they find a way to avoid it.
Chargeable e-mail, can it be an anti-spam measure?
According to expert estimations the amount of spam in the global Internet traffic is much more than a half. While optimists consider it to be around 60% pessimists insist it is not less than 80%. Anyway, this advertising rubbish exceeds the total amount of useful information and the worst thing about it is that so far no efficient ways have been found to stop its growth. Every new anti-spam measure is soon quite easily avoided by inventive spammers.
Why is it so difficult to catch a spammer?
Almost all Internet users hate spammers except for maybe those who use spam themselves but this is just a small part of the Internet-community. Nevertheless spammers exist and it is not so easy to catch them. During the 12 years of spam history they have learned not only how to trick anti-spam programs but also how to remain anonymous.
Spam Filters and Outlook Rules: Friends or Enemies?
If you actively Internet at home and in office and receive dozens of e-mail messages everyday then you almost surely have to use some facilities for automatic sorting of the incoming e-mail. For example, in Microsoft Outlook you can automatically sort incoming messages using Outlook Rules. Although the article is not about the advantages of automatic sorting we have to mention that gives you a number of benefits, at least you save your time and mental health – you can always be sure that letters from your wife are in Honey folder while business letters never go to Fun . This article is about something that can actually take plenty of your time and health – the mess, which is in one way or another caused by spam.
Prevention is Better Than Cure!
It has been a while since people didn’t hear much about spam. Nowadays almost everyone who heard about Internet knows what spam is. And it is no longer surprise to receive a letter from God-knows-who advertising God-knows-what. Spam has become an annoying part of everyday life for an e-mail user. So the question is – Is it possible to get rid of spam? The answer is apparently negative because there will always exist people who read spam and react on it (you must have heard stories about “Nigerian letters”). What you can do for yourself is to protect your personal mailbox from the flow of spam. Spam is like a rain – you cannot stop it but you can take an umbrella to stay dry and enjoy your walk.
Mass Content Generation Software – How To Spam Search Engines?
There exists another quite specific type of spam – search engines spam which is also called search engines bombing or flooding. The main idea behind it is the following: when some “breaking news” or an interesting material is published on-line it is usually quickly spreads across Internet, appears on many different web resources and is soon read by millions of Internet users. As a result the web site that initially published such a material and all those web resources involved attract a lot of attention, become popular and get higher in search engines ratings. Part1, Part2
American Anti-Spam Legislation (CAN-SPAM Act of 2003)
The tremendous flow of spam spreading all over the Internet forces governments of many countries to take strong measures against this web-plague. Recently, some countries have introduced strong anti-spam laws and often in the mass media you can find reports on cases against spammers with quite heavy sentences. The leading country in the anti-spam struggle is the United States of America because at the same time, the USA is the main source of spam in the world.
Background of Spam
The tremendous flow of spam spreading all over the Internet forces governments of many countries to take strong measures against this web-plague. Recently, some countries have introduced strong anti-spam laws and often in the mass media you can find reports on cases against spammers with quite heavy sentences. The leading country in the anti-spam struggle is the United States of America.