SPAMfighter Reveals 30% Computer Users Would Sacrifice Morning Coffee to be Spam-Free

Users willing to give up most coveted vices to alleviate mounting spam frustrations

September 15, 2009 - Boca Raton, FL - SPAMfighter, the company backed by the world's largest spam fighting community, today announces the findings of its first quarterly SPAMFighter Community Watch Behavioral Survey*, which aims to assess the current attitudes and behaviors towards spam. According to SPAMfighter, desperate times are calling for desperate measures with respondents willing to do just about anything to be rid of spam, even give up their morning coffee.

Almost a third of survey respondents admitted they would willingly give up their morning coffee in order to be free of spam, while over 40% would sacrifice their afternoon office snack. An additional 18% said they would even give up coveted vices such as happy hour drinks to relieve their inboxes of spam.

Drilling deeper into current attitudes, SPAMfighter found 55% noted significant frustration caused by spam, while half admitted spam caused physical anger, citing time wasting and the unrelenting nature of spam as the biggest causes. Over 25% said spam wasted up to 5-10 minutes of their day, with another 12% confirming it took over 10 minutes of each day - that's 2.5 days per year wasted due to spam.

Spam has not only proven a nuisance with respondents, but caused other consequences. 40% attributed high volumes of spam as the cause for missing an important customer request (25%) or missing an email from family and friends (60%).

The survey also set out to gain a better understanding of consumers' current observations of spam and spam mishaps:

  • Drug-related spam (e.g. Viagra-oriented spam) was confirmed as the most frequently received in the past month with health-related spam (e.g. Acai/diet spam) following in second.
  • 69% admitted to accidentally opening a spam email, of those that did, 46% reported doing so only once, while 32% reported doing so at least once a month, 14% at least once a week, and another 7% admitted at least once a day.
  • Of those duped, (24%) cited promotional spam (e.g. travel/airfare ticket/shopping discount spam) as proving to be the trickiest.

"Spam has been, is and will continue to be a thorn in the side of many computer users. The key is finding cost-effective tools that keep time-wasting, incessant spam out of inboxes, while ensuring the right emails to get through," says Martin Thorborg, SPAMfighter co-founder. "SPAMfighter's highly-rated community-based approach to fighting spam, backed by a proven rules-based filter, checks these boxes to help alleviate the frustration and anger that so many feel towards spam."

*The SPAMfighter Community Watch Quarterly Survey involved a survey of over 1,000 participants.

About SPAMfighter
SPAMfighter takes a unique, community-based approach by empowering users and enabling them to become part of the solution in the fight against spam. By combining award-winning, user-friendly anti-spam software with a global community of over 6.5 million spam fighters worldwide, SPAMfighter offers accurate and proven 24/7 email inbox protection from unwanted spam for free. Each day, SPAMfighter filters over 29 million spam messages from 32 million tested emails received by users in 224 countries. For more information go to www.SPAMfighter.com and please also follow us on twitter.com/SPAMfighter or join our community on Facebook.com/SPAMfighter.

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