Congrats Everyone, We’re Winning the Battle Against Spam

    January 25, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Have you noticed that you’ve been receiving less emails about cheap, offshore financial opportunities and penis pills? No, spammers haven’t just decided to leave you alone. What you’re seeing is the decline of spam emails in general, worldwide.

Kaspersky Lab has a new chart detailing something that we should all be thrilled to see: we’re winning the fight against spam. Better technology, better filters, and a more informed population is helping to eradicate spam messages from inboxes all over the globe.

In 2008, spam accounted for over 90% of all email traffic, worldwide. Just think about that for a second. That’s a lot of spam. Since then, spam has been on the decline (with some exceptions). The spam share has really started to plummet since mid-2011, though.

Their latest report from the end of 2012 shows that spam now accounts for 67% of all global email traffic. Two-thirds may still seem like a lot, but it represents a significant decline from what it was just 4 years ago.

Of course, email isn’t the only place that spammers live. The rise of the social web has produced an all new breeding ground for spammers. One recent study suggested that up to 40% of all social media accounts worldwide were created with spamming in mind.

Now, go clean out your spam filter.

[Kaspersky Lab via The Economist]

  • http://nederlandvrij.com Jacob Lageveen

    If only commercial email would also be regarded as spam.. Sometimes you just signup somewhere and then 10 companies start emailing you and they seem to have the right to since you signed up. This is also spam, and its not being combatted, infact email lists are sold on a daily base.

    • Steve

      It’s not spam if you agreed to their terms of service during sign up. If don’t want those emails, then you should’ve never signed up.

  • Edna Buergler

    Why is my e-mail blocked?

  • http://2ndhomesuites.ca Ashley Hoober

    I really thought it was Gmail’s filter on my e-mail that was making it better. I remember my old university account used to get TONS o spam. That is a great sign for all of us!


  • http://Mabuzi.com Mabuzi

    Thank-goodness I was starting to believe I needed those Canadian blue pills.
    Who decides what is spam?