How do I avoid getting spammed?
Spam has become ubiquitous -- one of the facts of life, like taxes. Most people see spam as the scourge of email and look for ways to stop it from infecting their email boxes. Spam is generally defined as email advertising for some product sent to a mailing list or newsgroup. There is some debate about the source of the term, but the generally accepted version is that it comes from the Monty Python song, "Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, lovely spam, wonderful spam." Like the song, spam is an endless repetition of worthless text.
In addition to wasting people's time with unwanted email, spam also eats up a lot of network bandwidth. Consequently, there are many organizations, as well as individuals, who have taken it upon themselves to fight spam with a variety of techniques. According to industry statistics, even though 60 percent of companies deploy enterprise-wide spam filters, two out of three email messages are spam.
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