Thursday, December 02, 2004

TechWeb | News | Spam Outnumbers Legit Messages Almost 9 to 1

The percentage of e-mail dubbed as spam climbed again last month, a message-security provider said Thursday.
According to Redwood City, Calif.-based Postini--which processes some 2.4 billion messages each week for 4,000 corporate client--88 percent of November's mail was malicious, such as spam, phishing scams, viruses, or directory-harvest attacks. In October, the ratio was 86 percent junk, 14 percent legitimate.

I have an email address that is posted on a website, and of the 500-plus messages I get a day, it is rare that more than 5 of them are legit, which would be 1%. If TV was 99% commercials, few would watch. If a 200 page magazine had two pages of articles, few would read them. Only because email has become so incredibly useful do we put up with such a miserable signal to noise ratio.


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