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WHETHER we need it or not, most of us have probably received tons of e-mail inviting us to buy Viagra. These days, it's purposely misspelled "v1agra," "via6gra" or something similar to throw off word-based e-mail filters.

The vermin who send us unwanted commercial e-mail -- or spam -- have figured out other ways, too, to get their message through more advanced filtering systems installed on corporate mail servers. If you see random words that make no sense attached to the end of a message, or odd passages from Shakespeare or some other literary work, you're looking at a "word salad." This is another technique to fool the filtering software into believing the message is legitimate.

The latest trend is image-only spam, where the message is attached as a graphic file. With no words to analyze, most filters fail to identify or block this kind of spam. The message management company Postini estimates that image spam now makes up as much as 25 percent of al

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