Extra Spam, Anyone?

You’ve probably noticed an influx in spam lately. Well, you’re not alone.

Spam has skyrocketed over the last month. The Sydney Morning Herald reports an increase of 12% – and other sources quote up to a 70% increase!

Whichever way you look at it – it’s a lot of extra spam around globally at the moment. Spam filters are having to deal with a huge volume of extra mail and consuming a high proportion of server resources in the process.

From th SMH:

Technology market analyst IDC estimated in April that of the nearly 97 billion emails expected to be sent around the world each day … 40 billion would be spam messages.

Nobody likes the extra spam – but if faced with a choice it’s better to let some through rather then potentially delete legitimate email.

According to the article in the SMH a virus is the main trigger for the increase, so once that’s under control hopefully our email volumes can return to normal.

In the meantime:

  1. Keep your Anti-virus software up to date.
  2. Don’t click links in emails from people you don’t know.
  3. If the email is from someone you know, but still looks suspicious – confirm that it’s actually from who it says before opening anything.
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