Comments

Scott Collins July 26, 2011

I would say I disagree with #5 on your list. Sure, educating people isn’t going to stop the sending of spam, and people will always be at risk of receiving it, but a smarter user is one that is less likely to expose themselves further to spam, or to get phished or scammed out of their belongings.

Not to mention an educated user is more likely to keep their spam and malware filters current and active. The actual fighting of spam is pretty much left to the government agencies that are shutting down botnets and legally pursuing violators of CAN-SPAM.

Lisa Richardson July 30, 2011

Regarding 1, many people just don’t remember what and whom they have subscribed to, so it is hard to distinguish a legit email from an unsolicited one. As for users’ training, I also disagree that it is a myth. It is the users’ ignorance that made spam the monster it is.

Andy E. August 17, 2011

I don’t agree with point # 5. For me, educating users is STILL the best way to fight spam. It’s not a myth or pure hearsay. However, I admit that this is not the only solution as spam is more complex and it’s becoming more and more sophisticated each day.

Efficient laws and regulations, being proactive, and aggressive spam hunting campaigns (by both law enforcers and IT organizations) should be enough to lessen spam – if not completely eradicating it.

Chris Silvey June 11, 2012

You are wrong on #1
There is no law on unsolicited email
Spam equates to those that do not follow the Can Spam act and those that do not comply with ISP and recipient spam filters.
99.9% of Internet marketers email end up in the spam folder because of these reasons. It has nothing to do with opting in.
Subscribing just lifts the spam filters.
Have you ever wondered why you receive email in your Inbox from people and companies you don’t know?
Spam can mean unwanted email, but that does not mean all unsolicited email is spam.

If that was the case we would have no open commerce on the internet.

Know your facts

Kyle August 6, 2012

@ChrisSilvey

You must be a spammer. Only a spammer would try to defend spam. All unsolicited email IS spam. If a recipient didn’t (1)directly seek out and request email from the sender AND (2) verify that the email address is theirs…it’s SPAM.

  • (required)
  • (required)