Monday, January 25, 2010

95% of Email is Spam

It may come as no surprise to you that a significant percentage of your email is spam, but it may surprise you that it is a full 95%. The good news is that the vast majority of spam is diverted from your inbox by spam filters. The bad news is that spammers are compensating and those annoying messages are still getting through.

"You perhaps thought that it was 99%, but no. A full 5% of email actually hits an inbox, meaning that it was not shot down over the lake by a spam filter. This five percent number for ham is a fall of some 16.6% from the previous tested period, when it was a full 6% of email.

Given the trend it would seem that two things are happening: spam filters are improving, and that spammers are just sending more spam messages to compensate.

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