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Getting the Better of Spams

09 July 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

According to Mailprotector, the Cloud-based e-mail security, management and hosting specialist, the number one spam subject is the simple one-word 'Hi!' closely followed by 'Hello!'.

The rather worrying 'These four things happen right before a heart attack' comes in at number three. The top spam list was compiled in May 2015 from international customers using Mailprotector's email filtering services.

The list, however, includes a variety of topics from 'Tips to a tiny belly' to 'Why you have joint pain' to lure people into clicking on a link or opening an attachment and potentially infecting their systems with malware.

Mailprotector revealed last month that small and medium sized businesses could be losing as much as £34,000 a year each from unwanted e-mail, including spam. This figure included time spent by employees opening, reading and deleting spam e-mails as well as support costs but not the downtime and costs related to affected networks and systems.

''I think it surprises us that spam is still such big business and still has such an impact on our daily working and personal lives,'' observed Scott Tyson, Sales Director EMEA, Mailprotector. ''Many companies have e-mail filtering or spam defences that help capture the majority but for those that don't, it's annoying, frustrating and can be downright offensive if the spam is of a sexual or harmful nature.''

Picture: Apart from the frustration, small and medium sized businesses could be losing as much as £34,000 a year each from unwanted e-mail, including spam, according to Mailprotector.

Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 09 July 2015

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