Savvy Computing
Getting Rid of Spam

March 2003
by Reid Goldsborough

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Imagine that every time you pick up a ringing phone, you have to listen to a half dozen ads before you talk. This is becoming the situation with e-mail today.
Spam–unsolicited commercial e-mail–bombards us every day, sapping both patience and productivity. Most of us spend at least 10 minutes each day dealing with spam at work and home, according to a recent survey commissioned by software utility maker Symantec. Meanwhile, the volume of spam continues to rise, as hucksters pitch porn sites, pyramid schemes, quack health remedies, online casinos, mortgage refinancing, and so on.
With the federal government largely on the sidelines, and with Internet service providers typically offering at best only partial solutions, many computer users are taking matters into their own hands. They’re using technology to tackle the problem.

Spam-Slaying Software

Just as you need anti-virus software to keep from losing data and a firewall to keep your data private if you have high-speed “always on” Internet access, many people feel that you now need spam-filtering software as well.
These programs do what you can do manually with many e-mail programs–filter out messages that include subject lines such as “Make Money Fast.” But specialized spam-blocking programs also analyze incoming e-mail using sophisticated rules that look for many other telltale signs that a message is spam.
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