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Of the 30 billion email messages that are sent worldwide each day, at least one-third are unsolicited commercial email, in other words-spam. Of that 10 billion, porn spam email accounts for at least 25%. With numbers that striking, it's likely that your inbox has already been hit with objectionable content more than once. The question is, what can you do to protect yourself?
In this feature article, we will address our readers' most-asked questions about porn spam email.
There are many ways that porn spammers can get your name and address, including:
The Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with ten other federal, state, and local law enforcement and consumer protection agencies, recently conducted an initiative (dubbed spam Harvest) designed to determine what online activities put consumers most at risk for receiving spam. Their conclusions follow.
Chatrooms were most risky with 100% of all posted email addresses receiving spam. Amazingly, it took just eight minutes after initial posting for the first unsolicited message to hit.
Newsgroups and web pages logged in at second place, with 86% of addresses posted in these locations receiving spam.
Free personal web page services were just half as risky as chatrooms, with 50% of addresses posted here receiving spam.
Message board users had a 30% chance of receiving spam after address posting, and 9% of addresses posted in email service directories were spammed.
Of particular concern, the FTC notes, is the fact that the type of spam delivered was not related to the sites where the email addresses were posted. For example, email addresses gathered from children's newsgroups received a large amount of adult content and work-at-home spam.
We hope this information has been of value to you. ContentWatch is committed to educating our readers about the dangers posed on the Internet, and providing solutions to combat them. If you have any comments regarding this article or the issue of stopping porn spam, please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.