You are asked to join the fight against spam email.
If you or a friend has ever received a bunch of marketing messages from people or companies you never gave your email address to, you will know what I am talking about.
Unsolicited junk mail is annoying and a waste of your computer resources and time- unless you actually like receiving and reading junk mail.
However, the chances of that being true are very slim.
Just to be certain, here is my attempt at a general definition of spam email.
Spam or junk emails are unsolicited electronic messages that are sent in bulk to email addresses harvested from the World Wide Web without the consent of the respective owners.
The messages usually contain material of a commercial or marketing nature.
How much email spam is actually being sent on a daily basis? Some figures suggests that about 100 billions spam emails are sent each day.
Networks of virus-infected computers are used to send most of the junk mail.
Yet some figures suggest that the spam mail originates from only a few hundred spammers around the world.
The amount of spam mail has decreased in recent years, mainly due to the increased use of spam filtering and new spam laws.
However, spam laws have proven difficult to implement and still has a long way to go.
The use of opt in email has also had a positive impact.
In the fight against spam there are other types of electronic spamming that presents a problem to daily users.
-Spamming on newsgroups.
-Posting irrelevant information on forums.
-Posting useless information or advertisements as comments on blogs.
-Sending lots of unsolicited text messages via mobile phone.
-Search engine manipulation for search ranking popularity alone is called 'spamdexing'.
Where do spammers normally harvest email addresses? They usually collect addresses while surfing around chat rooms, forums, newsgroup or websites.
They also employ viruses to gain access to personal computers and their address books.
Spammers usually send harvested email addresses to each other as well.
What can you do to help fight spam? Well, first of all you should install anti-virus software on your computer.
This will help to keep your computer free of viruses that may steal your personal contact details, passing it on to spammers.
You can also run daily scans and updates to keep your computer healthy while removing any virus or spyware it may find.
Use a spam filter to check your emails as you receive them.
You may set up your email program to filter out unwanted words in the title or message and so forth.
Your internet service provider may also provide this service to you if they can by filtering the emails on the server itself.
If your internet service provider is not capable of blocking those spam emails or they block the emails from friends or family, which they should not block, then you have to be prepared for some work.
If you setup spam-catching rules within your email client software, it will help.
If this does not help you catching more spam - then at least it should help by organizing your e-mails.
The second last resort before forking out a monthly payment for an anti-spam filtering service would be to setup your own spam catching system.
It will take much more time and effort but it will work and it is not going to cost you anything.
The fight against spam continues! Join the anti-spam community and do your part to make the world a more original and less repetitive place.
Who knows, you may be the next target of unsolicited junk mail.
Report spammers and promote spam protection.