E-mail Spam Reduced By 82.2% Throughout The Year

If you’ve got an e-mail account, chances are that you have received a piece of spam in your e-mail inbox at one time or another. These can range from e-mails containing links to dodgy websites, to people asking for your credit card details. Whilst most e-mail services nowadays do a good job of blocking those messages , some can occasionally make it through and cause problems for those who accidentally click on those links.

Thankfully, e-mail spam is on the decline! Charlie White over on Mashable is celebrating the fact that the number of spam e-mails has dropped by 40 billion, which is a 82.22% decrease in year over year spam. The reason behind this decrease in computer spam comes from several locations, including the dismantling of the major spam network known as “Rustock”, which was supposedly responsible for 40% of all scam e-mails at that time.

Symantec Intelligence has supplied a graph which is hosted on the Mashable article, or available below, which shows that the highest point of spam was this time last year, in July 2010. It then steadily declines until September, where it spikes up and down for a while before hitting a low point where Rustock temporarily stopped it’s spam in December 2010. It then goes back up again for the next few months before dropping back down in March 2011 when Rustock was dismantled.

This all sounds great, but the next big problem for computer users is a new superbug which is called TDL-4. This computer program is intelligent enough to get into your computer, remove all other malware and then it replaces all that malware with its own viruses! What is really bad about this new virus is that Krebs, a security blogger, is quoted as saying that “it uses a custom encryption scheme that makes it difficult for security experts to analyze.” This means that the experts when it comes to security are unable to look into what makes up the virus, and so they can’t work out a way to detect and remove it from people’s systems!

When it comes to e-mail spam, the best way to deal with it is to report it to your e-mail provider. If you are using a consumer e-mail system, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Hotmail, simply report these to your e-mail provider. They have systems in place to block spam. I use both Hotmail and Gmail, and I haven’t had a spam e-mail appear in any inbox in years.

The best way to remove spam from the internet is simply not to click on it at all! If there’s no profit to be gained, then the spammers wouldn’t put in the effort to spam people in the first place! Teach those who don’t understand what spam is, and make sure that you don’t spread spam yourself, either by e-mail or on Facebook! Spread the word, and make a safer internet for everyone!