Estimates put the number ofÂ spam emails sent globally at more than 90 Billion â€“ A DAY !! In the first three months of 2007Â the UNE email gateway processed 36,679,155 â€“ and rejected 31,728,785 (thatâ€™s 86.5%) Thatâ€™s more than double the number ofÂ spam emails received in the same period last year.
What is spam?
spam is a term used to describe any unwanted, unsolicited email. Itâ€™s electronic junk mail and like paper junk mail is usually a form of commercial advertising.Â spam is usually produced in vast quantities and is usually very annoying.
How did they get my email address?
Spammers (people who send out spam) collect email addresses in a number of ways and the growing sophistication of spam emails means that it is increasingly difficult to stopÂ spam from reaching users.Â Some ways spammers collect email addresses include searching for email addresses on the internet (including guestbooks, chatrooms and registration forms), using viruses to search for addresses and targeting mailing lists. Some spammers simply guess usernames.
How to spot spam
Most of the time,Â spam is fairly easy to spot. Usually it is selling a product (often sexual) or requesting financial or other personal information.Â SometimesÂ spam can take the form of a virus warning telling you to delete files and email everyone in your address bookÂ
What should I do if Iâ€™m getting spam?Â Â
If you suspect that an email is spam, simply delete it. Do not reply to aÂ spam email and avoid opening any attachments. If you have opened aÂ spam email and are concerned about damage to your computer, contact the help desk.