Spam Set To Cause Double Trouble
There's been a historic rise in the spam levels month after month for years now. However post-July 2006, a significant trend has been noted with spammers radically deviating from past tactics. The result has been a sharp hike in traffic volumes. Following this point, there has been as much as 25 to 35% growth every month leading to a total that exceeds thrice the level registered in the last four months of 2006.
Email Systems estimates that if the current trend of rising levels in spam and viruses is not checked, the volume of email traffic can double once more in a matter of two months, with adverse impact on every email user without protection.
Businesses that depend on local filtering alone in order to eliminate spam and email viruses are likely to be flooded with incoming traffic.
As per the comments of Neil Hammerton, CEO, Email Systems made to Daniel Robinson at IT week which were also carried by computing.co.uk, a rise as exponential in traffic after July this year, there is every likelihood that email users are at the brink of a drastic deterioration in data speed, should the ongoing trend continue at its current pace.
Winter 2005/06 is proving to be a period of frenzy for spam and viruses. Viruses alone make up more than 50% of all email traffic relayed. A repeat of this trend in the current year would see an increase of several times of what has been seen in the past, only on the basis of the surging volume recorded in the last twelve months.
There is currently a considerable increase in the demand for protection, management and archiving services due to more and more business users seeking the best option for tackling the spam problem. Nevertheless, all email users are advised to remain alert to keep their computers free from virus or spyware infection to avoid a fate even worse.
During 2006 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were assailed with requests from businesses to improvise their existing efforts at combating spam to prevent it from reaching customers.
In the opinion of Email Systems, the burgeoning junk email volume is the direct result of spammers adopting changes tactics. The practice of single emails being distributed to a huge number of recipients has been replaced by those sent to smaller groups of addresses, apart from slight alteration in content to bypass filters.
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