Roger the Spam Dodger

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

The BBC reports on the best ways to dodge an in-box full of spam:

US researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology set out to answer this question in the summer of 2002.

They found that e-mail addresses posted on websites or in newsgroups attract the most spam.

Spam is estimated to account for up to 40% of global e-mail traffic and is causing a massive headache for businesses, which are losing billions in productivity.

To determine the source of spam, the researchers set up hundreds of different e-mail addresses and waited six months to see what kind of mail the addresses were attracting.

This is a subject that’s close to my heart after over a fortnight away. Nice to see that somebody’s doing some thoughtful research into the way spammers work.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.