For the first time ever, spam is declining – could this be a sign that it is on its way out?
The world is rejoicing! Spam is on its way out and the numbers prove it. Mail providers around the world have been celebrating the decreasing amount of spam that has passed through their networks.
Spam has been an unavoidable irritation almost since the internet began. However, this is slowly starting to change. The question remains, why has it taken so long for spam to fade away? The short answer is because for all of this time, spam has been effective to some extent.
As average users of the internet, we have trained ourselves to recognize spam pretty quickly, but not all email recipients have acquired this skill. For every email from a foreign prince who needs your help or promise of thicker hair there is a certain percentage of people who respond. Hard to believe, but it’s true.
Now some spam lovers out there (and yes, they exist!) might be saddened to hear that their favorite emails are phasing out, but most of us will be happy that our spam folders are becoming a bit lighter, and our email inboxes are becoming more manageable every day. This of course does not include the emails from that company you bought socks from two years ago that still sends you their newsletter, but we are making progress.
In 2004, Bill Gates predicted that spam was a fad that would soon die out, but unfortunately ten years later we still see spam messages here and there. According to Kaspersky Labs, 2008 was the pinnacle year for spam – specifically, only 50% of the total emails sent that year were authentic. Current numbers state that up to 80% of our inboxes are authentic emails and not spam.
Why is spam no longer an issue?
According to the experts, our spam overload is lessening due to three main conditions: better spam filters, stricter governing laws, and evolving technologies.
Spam filters include those put in place by the mail delivery system as well as increased numbers of individuals learning how to recognize and filter out spam. Viruses and malware have created a fear factor surrounding spam, so fewer and fewer recipients have been taking the spam bait as authentic.
The majority of spam is blocked before it even reaches our inboxes by top-of-the-line spam filters which are specifically designed to search for fraudulent emails. As technology evolves, it becomes harder to trick these forms of intelligent software, thus keeping the spam away.
The US CAN-SPAM Act also created stricter guidelines for spammers who get caught. The US government also allocated funds specifically to track spammers for prosecution. By making the practice of spam a little more risky for the perpetrators, individuals find that spamming unknowing suspects is no longer worth the risk.
Because spam can contain catastrophic trojans and malware it has gained increasing attention over the last few years. It has become more important to identify and mark any spam that is found within an inbox, employ a spam filter, and for hosting providers to make an effort to deter any unwanted email for the safety of their clients and hardware.
Whatever the reason, we can safely say that the world improves a little more with every spammy email that is never sent.
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