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Spam: The Tasteless Internet Meat of Criminals
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    2004-01-28

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    Spam: The Tasteless Internet Meat of Criminals
    by Jesse S.Somer

    Spam. You've all heard of the crazy pink meat in a can, butwhat's it got to
    do with the Internet? Well, it's also the namesake for a major problem in
    the World Wide Web-unsolicited junk email. Problem! We're talking serious
    pain in the butt both as a waster of time, space, and money. It is estimated
    that around half of all email received on the Internet is this sneaky
    illegal attempt at selling fake consumer goods, pornography, and a whole
    plethora of 'helpful' services. It's taking up half of all email on the
    Earth, and it's costing businesses' billions in wasted time, as well as
    filling personal email accounts to the limit so important messages aren't
    received. It seems everywhere there's a leap in technology for humanity,
    there's also a group of people who want to stretch the realm of criminal
    activity to another level.

    The good news is that as it's such a prominent problem, the 'good guys' have
    made it a main priority on their 'To do' lists. Software has been created to
    block Spam and is being updated constantly. Recently Bill Gates, richest
    human on Earth and self-made mogul of software masters' Microsoft spoke of
    his aim to eliminate Spam by the year 2006. Obviously a lot of people would
    be quite appreciative if they could achieve this goal.

    Supposedly most of the billions of junk emails originate from about 200
    people who are intelligent enough to cover their tracks. They have multiple
    ways of finding out email addresses and then sending thousands upon
    thousands of unwanted messages to you and I. It usually costs them next to
    nil so if even one low-quality product sells they receive a profit. That's
    why they do it; just another greed-induced means of getting rich quick
    without working for it like the rest of us.

    Well, there's a couple main ways of dealing with the Spam dilemma. The main
    one, and most easy, is to just delete the messages or empty your folder
    (after moving desired messages to another folder) straight off the server
    without downloading or 'looking' at the messages. This gives the 'evil'
    sender the knowledge that you're not reading the mail and therefore the
    traffic you receive goes down dramatically.

    Another way to block the Spam is to use software like Magic Mail Monitor
    (http://mmm3.sourceforge.net/) orMailwasher (http://www.mailwasher.net/),
    which work well at destroying the unwanted, pink, tasteless, unworldly email
    meat by showing you the mail straight from the server without downloading
    it.

    So, show the criminals you're aware and not ignorant and take the first
    steps to bringing the Spam Empire down. Protect yourself and eventually the
    Spam will go where all filth is destined, into the trash.

    By
    Jesse S.Somer
    M6.net
    http://www.m6.net


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