Kelowna, B.C. – (The Hosting News) – June 27, 2006 –
According to webhosting and solutions firm, RackFirm, it has installed a new spam prevention software that has prevented 1.6 million SPAM messages and over 550,000 e-mail viruses from reaching the inboxes of its customers.
According to a recent study conducted by RackFirm, the amount of spam over the years has increased significantly. Although there is no internationally agreed-upon definition of ”spam,” many countries consider it to be any bulk commercial email sent without the express consent of recipients. ”SPAM” or ”Junk Mail” email is the practice of sending massive amounts of e-mail promotions or advertisements (and scams) to people that have not asked for it. Spam mail is controversial and there are many levels of definitions for it. Many times, spam e-mail lists are created by ”harvesting” e-mail addresses from discussion boards and groups, chat rooms, IRC, and web pages.
In 2005, 80% of total e-mail that AOL blocks at the gateway has been reported to be spam. This represents an average of 1.5 billion spam messages each day from reaching the email boxes of the AOL Network. The total number of spam e-mails blocked reached over a half trillion (556 billion) in 2005 (America Online, 2005).
Rackfirm offers the following tips to combat spam:
– Refrain from pasting email in forums, websites, IRC channels. Posting an email address anywhere on the Internet will attract spam. Share email addresses only with known, trusted people. Spammers collect email addresses using programs such as spiders, crawlers and bots that search the Internet for email addresses to add to lists.
– Reserve one email address for trusted personal and business contacts. Create a separate, expendable email address for other online uses. Don’t try, don’t buy and don’t reply to spam. Just delete it. It’s a great way to prevent receiving more spam in the future.
– Be aware that spammers can reel in valuable personal information through a practice known as ”phishing,” which occurs when an email appears to come from a reliable source with whom business, is done, such as a bank or online business. Often the message suggests that there is an urgent need for you to provide personal information, such as login name, passwords or even credit card numbers, often combined with the faked threat that an account will be blocked. In these cases, the website link provided is to a copycat, but counterfeited site. Never reply to the messages or connect through the link provided in a spam suspected as ”phishing.” Instead, contact information of interest through a web browser.
RackFirm provides managed dedicated servers with the resources, technical support and facility featuring 24/7 support, and a team of professionals at its Network Operations Center, where servers are continually monitored. With reliable uptime, RackFirm offers direct links to multiple ISPs throughout the USA and the rest of the world.
To learn more, please visit: www.rackfirm.com.