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Spam takes to a Declining Trend, Says Google

According to Google, spam seems to have reached a steady level and possibly even declining.

It says that it is noticing a decline in the volume of spam getting into its Gmail system. This is happening for the first time, therefore, it raises hope for a successful beginning of the fight against undesirable junk e-mail. It also indicates that spammers are getting discouraged and are therefore not trying any more to pass through the spam filters in the Google system.

Google, AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo! use highly sophisticated filtering software that is updated whenever individual users report spam. An increase in targeted spam with prescription drugs is being particularly aimed towards the elderly.

According to Software Engineer Brad Taylor in Google staff, the amount of spam, i.e., the number of unwanted junk messages that spammers send out, is flat and even moving towards a decline. This has never happened before, as published by WIRED in news on November 28, 2007.

However, there is a disagreement by other experts according to whom, the overall spamming activities continues to grow. Most estimates show that tens of billions of spam mails are delivered every day.

Analyst Chenxi Wang at Forrester Research is of similar opinion that spamming is tending to rise although it isn't as dramatic as in some earlier instances. The Inquirer published this in news on November 30, 2007.

In October 2007, security company SoftScan indicated that the level of spam hiked by 39% in the preceding month of September 2007. According to it, 93.5% of the entire e-mail accounted for spam in September with peak levels of 98% on certain days.

However, according to Vice President at Jupiter Research, David Daniels, spam levels will more or less remain flat in terms of the number of such e-mails reaching an average inbox during 2008-2011. The Inquirer published this on November 30, 2007.

Daniels also said that according to forecasts, the annual number of spam mails making place in a typical inbox would be 4,351 this year (2007). In 2010, the number would level off at 4,403 making an extremely small growth.

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