Flooded Inboxes: 84% of All E-mail is Spam
The ratio of spam mails being sent is at an all time high. Statistics show 84% of all e-mail is spam, leaving only 16% of all processed e-mails as legitimate.
"We have seen the ratio of spam mail to legitimate e-mails steadily increasing over the past 2 years, and it has now reached an all time high. It is unacceptable the amount of spam mails being sent" stated co-owner, and co-founder of SPAMfighter, Martin Thorborg.
Spam is any unsolicited e-mail sent to a users account. With such a large number of spam mails compared to regular e-mail, users spend hours sorting through spam and legitimate e-mails. Spam mails are not merely a nuisance.
The newest kind of spam, animated spam, is especially a burden to servers and inboxes because they contain multiple gif images, which are very large and take up a lot of memory space. This type of spam absorbs bandwidth on servers causing e-mail servers to run slower. It also takes up more storage space in inboxes, causing many to reach their capacity very quickly, having the user miss out on legitimate e-mails which cannot be delivered due to the lack of memory space.
Spam can also be dangerous. The number of phishing e-mails being sent has also reached an all time high. Phishing e-mails are scam mails where the author poses as an actual firm, such as a bank, by creating a very credible looking e-mail and directing the recipient to an exact replica of the bank website. Phishers attempt to get the reader to go to their website and give out personal information, such as bank account numbers, and passwords. http://www.spamfighter.com/phishing.asp [Read more about phishing here]
The high ratio of spam is increasing, and e-mail users worldwide are being affected by these unwanted and unsolicited e-mails. These statistics were produced by SPAMfighter ApS. SPAMfighter draws its power against spammers from a community of over 1.7 million users located in 213 countries around the world.
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