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Daily Dose of Spam

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

According to Wikipedia-“Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to indiscriminately send unsolicited bulk messages.” If you search for the term spam on wikipedia it will offer you to know different kinds of spam, what and how of it.

Spam is anything that tries to manipulate the user for ones own benefits. Spamming being economically viable and take lesser efforts, lull people in doing so.

Spam exists in places where there is a possibility of monetary gain or other benefits like appearing in Search Engine results. Spam’s existence lies in the abundance of it. Interestingly enough we all receive our Daily Dose of Spam whether in terms of Unsolicited mail, messages or advertisements. Generally all will offer you something to purchase, sometimes even such solutions that are freely available. Internet users need to be more aware of using such links. Systems need to be developed where spammers should be automatically dropped.

People tend to spam competitor’s sites to get them more negative rankings from search engines or even to get them banned. Google Bowling is a term that appeared in Forbes lists in "The Saboteurs of Search". It deals with framing of Competitors site to appear in Google’s Spam radars. Google would drop the ranking of the targeted site once it is convinced of the spamming issues. It can be done by generating many links to the targeted site, at one time, from bad neighbours, using special software. Anchor text used in such cases is always the same. That completes the whole spam circle and the guilty is either gets penalised in SERPs or totally dropped from Google results.

Recent News from BBC says that Job Site Monster.com suffered a massive Trojan attack using stolen log-in information. Security firm Symantec said the program was used to gather names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers, and could be used to send phishing and spam emails. The security firm said: "This remote server held over 1.6 million entries with personal information belonging to several hundred thousands candidates, mainly based in the U.S., who had posted their resumes to the Monster.com Web site."

Can we Stop Spam?

With Spam taking such serious turns, each individual should be responsible to report spam to concerned authorities of the system they are using. We at Blogging to Fame have given the facility to individual profile owners to report message spam, and also encourage users to inform us of plagiarism and other related issues. A rating system is thus started to actually come up with quality ratings, which would affect overall ranking of the blogger.

Spam can only be reduced with each internet user awakens to such issues and do not knowingly or unknowingly encourage spam. Service providers will have to provide their users with facility of reporting spam. One common example of it is email service providers. Usage of technology filters (think of how Gmail filters spam) and banning of spammers may pose some help. But Human intervention is necessary at all stages- That is You and me.

Divya

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posted by Divya Uttam, 2:45 PM

2 Comments:

It would be great if spam could be stopped, but it is unlikely that this will happen anytime soon. There are twice as many jerks and low-lifes than people who are productive and make worthwhile contributions to society. The web is full of lots of spammers, so this will be an ongoing issue.

commented by Anonymous Nicole, 2:36 PM  

I like your article. I think spam is a problem that won't be solved anytime soon. Often cases it is really easy to do and makes people a lot of money. But some kind of rating system would be nice where those of us that don't spam can stand out. Good Post.

James

commented by Blogger tentontech, 3:06 AM  

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