Spam worries being curtailed

Posted on May 24, 2007

Spam has arrived, so much so that it is now more widely ignored than ever before. People in general, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life project, receive more spam but don't seem to care too much about it.

A recent PC World article shows that the main reasons people don't see spam as a threat is because the volume of messages has decreased, along with the fact that people are becoming more knowledgeable regarding spam.

I'm not so sure people understand spam more than before, but spam filters do ... and 71 percent of users say they are using spam filters, according to the study.

By definition, spam is unsolicited email. I receive messages like this from people I know. But is that spam in the general sense of the study? It seems that most people generally understand how email works, which wasn't the case just a few years ago. This in itself has deterred spammers from sending their ridiculous schemes of giving away money.

But that will not ever cease, because there will always be a sucker or two who fall for it.