Spam is a relatively new concern, yet it has a long history. Gary Thuerk, an employee of the now-defunct Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), sent out the first spam email in 1978 to advertise a new product. The unwanted email was sent to around 400 of the 2,600 persons who used email on the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. According to some sources, it resulted in around $12 million in new sales for DEC.
However, the word spam was not used until 1993. It was used on Usenet, a newsgroup that functions as a cross between an email and an online forum. Due to a bug in its new moderating software, it automatically posted over 200 posts to a discussion group. Someone jokingly referred to the occurrence as spamming.
In 1994, Usenet was also the target of the first large-scale spam attack. Spam accounted for 80% to 85% of all email messages delivered worldwide by 2003. It had already become such a pervasive issue in the United States that the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003 was enacted. The most significant law that legitimate email marketers must follow to avoid being labelled as spammers is CAN-SPAM.
Spammers deliver spam using a variety of methods, including the following:
Email spam can take several forms, depending on the spammer’s intent, including the following:
You can avoid spam and online threats by following these recommendations. However, it’s equally crucial to have protection in place in case a spammer manages to get past your firewall. Avoiding storing passwords on your hard drive, regularly changing your passwords, avoiding using the same word or phrase in several passwords, using a reliable antivirus programme, and keeping your OS updated are a few preventative precautions.
While actively defending against spam is essential, GauravGo also offers other services in addition to high-quality security. Keep informed and safe till then.
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