Feeds

Netizens learning to tolerate spam - study

Part of the fabric of life

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

The amount of spam reaching Netizen inboxes is still on the rise, yet fewer people are offended by it than were a year ago, a survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found.

The results indicate that 53 per cent of email users say spam has made them less trusting of email, compared to 62 per cent a year ago; that 22 per cent of email users say that spam has reduced their overall use of email, compared to 29 per cent a year ago; and that 67 per cent of email users say spam has made being online unpleasant or annoying, compared to 77 per cent a year ago.

There has been a modest, but statistically significant, increase in spam volume since the Can-Spam Act came into effect a year ago, a detail that should surprise no one.

The public's frustration with spam appears to have peaked in 2004, and has been declining since. The decrease from 2004 to 2005 corresponds with the increase between 2003 and 2004. Additionally, the survey finds that users are somewhat less likely to take action to reduce spam than they were a year ago.

Not surprisingly, younger people and Netizen newbies are less likely to be bothered by spam than older people and internet veterans. As one would expect, younger people are also more likely to respond to spam, and to be defrauded.

Spam content is changing as well. A year ago, porn was king, but now, phishing attacks are all the rage. Thirty-five per cent of users surveyed said that they had received a request for financial details, and of those respondents, two per cent admitted to having provided the information. ®

Related stories

Nine years in slammer for US spammer
US tops junk mail list of shame - again
Lawsuits drive 'Spam King' Richter to bankruptcy
CAN-SPAM means we can spam
Spammers not deterred by Can Spam Act
US anti-spam laws 'will legalise spam'

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?