Monday, March 8, 2010

Bad email habits allow spam to survive

Another study has been done which says spam survives due to "bad email habits". In this case they mean "bad habits" such as clicking on links in your emails.

But the article also states that 10% of email users are buying things from spam. This numbers seems high to me since spammers tend to look for a fractional percentage response to what they send out. But regardless of the number's accuracy, it is correct to point out that were people to stop buying from spam, then spam would stop to exist.
The best way to reduce the number of people buying from spam is to educate people about the problem, and that takes time. So take some time out to tell the people you know about why they shouldn't buy from spam - and if you are doing it yourself... that's easy - just stop.

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