[photopress:junkship.jpg,full,alignright]Junk now goes with the word mail. Chinese Internet users received two or three junk e-mails on average each day from June to October. Almost three in every five e-mails sent in China was junk mail.
This is being talked about as if it were the end of the world but it is nothing more than a dashed nuisance. Spam filters get 98% of it if set up correctly and the stuff is very small. About 4K. Everyone makes a fuss about it and there is little doubt it could be totally stopped if there was serious intent of every side. But, in truth, it is far from being the word problem on the Internet. From personal experience, if you switch to Google’s email after about three or four weeks identifying what is spam and what is not, the problem goes away.
Figures from the Internet Society of China (ISC) show China generates about 50 billion junk e-mails annually, accounting for 59.49% of the total e-mail volume, or 2.7 junk e-mails per user. So stop it. It is not beyond the wit of man to realise they are coming from a very limited number of ISPs. Put a few in jail for a while and the problem stops.
Zeng Mingfa, head of the ISC’s anti-junk mail center, said the figure was dropping. From February to August, at least 150,000 junk e-mail reports were sent to the center.
Spot checks by the ISC show that 47.86% of Internet users employed anti-junk e-mail software supplied by e-mail service providers. Chinese Internet users spend an average of 12.67 minutes per week dealing with them, the ISC said. But they do not need to do that. A spam filter, once trained, which only takes a week or so, stops most of it and you do nothing. I have five email addresses.
If I get one junk mail through a day I start to look at what the problem might be. This is nothing that can be stopped by the government saying stop. And by users looking half way smart and using spam filters.
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