Reports Magazine recently published information on how consumers
can combat spam, or unsolicited e-mail advertisements.
information was published in its August 2003 cover story, "E-mail
Spam: How to stop it from stalking you."
battle between those who send unsolicited e-mail advertisements
and those blocking them has become an arms race, the magazine
said. On one side are hordes of spammers finding ways to penetrate
consumers' inboxes. On the other are Internet providers with industrial-strength
spam-blocking software, organizations that blacklist spammers
and consumers armed with retail spam-blocking programs.
is an issue not only for the general public, but for truckers
specifically. John Siebert of the OOIDA Foundation says that according
to the organization's most recent member survey, 57 percent of
the group's trucker members own a personal computer. Half use
the computer for business records, and 14 percent have a computer
in their truck.
a typical day America Online prevents 1.5 billion spams from reaching
its 35 million customers. The company averages 7 million complaints
daily about spam that reaches customers. There are four common
ways in which spammers get your e-mail address: public Web pages;
chat rooms; use of "dictionary attacks" or common combinations
of names and numbers; and online registration at Web sites.
magazine said in a release that its experts studied hundreds of
spams, used decoys to attract yet more spams, tracked down spammers
and tested products that filter spam on a home computer.
the heart of spam, the magazine reported, is money.
is far cheaper than conventional mail," Consumer Reports'
Senior Project Editor Jeff Fox said. "Spammers can broadcast
a million messages for a little as $500. If even a few recipients
buy what's advertised, the campaign most likely pays."
must spend time sifting through spam and can feel violated when
pornographic spam invades their home. They can miss out on legitimate
e-mail that's mistakenly blocked from delivery by their Internet
provider or they themselves hurriedly delete in the course of