A recent report showed that over 82% of all US email is spam. With about 980 million email accounts around the world, it would be interesting to see what the world wide spam percentage is. Spam is becoming more and more insistent and with spammers teaming up with virus writers, the situation is growing increasingly malicious. And for 114,000 new iPad owners, they may now find unwanted solicitations in their emails, because AT&T accidentally released email address of the iPad owners. On the list were notable people such as Rahm Emanuel, Diane Sawyer and a few other worldwide known personalities.
Software technicians work non-stop to block, combat and inform the public of new spam tactics. One such tactic is the "Literary and Poetry" spam. People open their emails to find entire chapters of books or entire poems in the email body. This has left quite a few people scratching their heads. The reason why spammers are now using this approach is it allows them to bypass spam filters.
Spammers never use their own email address, but will typical have thousands if not millions of disposable accounts. They can send spam out to millions upon millions of emails within minutes. The use of open proxies are often used to hide the spammer's location or the will take control of a host computer (a victim's computer filled with the right malware, viruses and worms) and send out mass spam. All the while, it remains completely undetected. With such a hit and run technique is can be very difficult to track down spammers. When they are found fines and/or jail time is common punishment.
There are numerous tricks that people can use that can off-set the amount of spam they receive. Most if not all email providers have their own encryption and security software to minimize spam. Then of course there are spam filters as well as white and black lists that individuals can use to decrease spam. Anti-virus software usually has spam guard features that can assist. Some anti-spam methods work better than others, so it's always best to research to find the best one that works for your needs.
Spam is not just annoying adult related ads or unreadable gibberish. Some spam is extremely dangerous and people have had their banking accounts wipe out, credit cards maxed out and have suffered identify theft. Identify theft is one of the hardest thing to get rid of. It can be almost impossible to regain your identity. A spammer only needs a little bit of information about you to receive all of your records. One dangerous type of spam is phishing. A phishing spam will look just like the original website, like PayPal. It will ask you to login to verify information, as soon as you login; the sender of the email now has access to your PayPal and bank account. Then there is the Nigerian type spam, to where the sender will use a convincing sad story over the course of time to get you to send or donate money.
There are millions of heartbreaking stories of people who have been victims of spam. The best way to avoid being a victim is never click a link of someone you don't know. Also make sure your spam exchange provider has a good spam filter and get a good anti-spam blocker from a reputable Anti-virus company. Plus stay on top of all the new spam trends. These spammers are becoming more sophisticated and now that they have partnered up with virus writers; spam is may just get a brand new face. Don't be caught unaware.