Why is Spam
Spam is bad for a number
of reasons. It's annoying, it wastes time, it misuses resources, it's an invasion
of privacy, it costs internet users money, it's annoying (worth repeating).
Email Spamming costs
its victims much more than it costs its senders.
In order to initiate a spam
message and vicitmize thousands (or millions) of internet users, a spammer simply
requires a connection to the internet and a mail server from which to launch
their assault. There are no further advertising fees and no additional costs
to the spammer. The vicitms of spam pay much more than the spammers themselves
who receive a "free ride."
For the end recipients of
spam, their time, patience, and resources are wasted dealing with unsolicited
email advertisements. Any recipient with measured phone service (paying by time
online), is being directly charged for the amount of time they spend receiving,
reading, and processing their emails. Thus, their time spent dealing with spam
has an easily quantifiable monetary amount.
For ISPs, and companies
running web and mail servers, and intermediary systems, the cost of spam is
also very real. For these parties, bandwidth usage, CPU time, and storage space
all come at a cost. When these company's resources are needless clogged by swarms
of spam messages, not only does their overall system performance suffer, but
they are in effect paying for these messages to propagate throughout the internet.
Managers and administrators of these companies also have a great deal of their
time wasted dealing with undeliverable spam messages, and with complaints from
spam recipients accusing them of aiding spammers.
As the volume of
spam increases, the internet becomes polluted and less useful.
when the amount of spam on
the internet increases, email becomes less useful. As the volume of spam received
by an email account becomes too large, the usefulness of this email account
is degraded. Once the spam gets to be at the level of hundreds per day (levels
that are being experienced already), the email account has been virtually destroyed.
With the threat of spam in the back of everyone's minds, internet users are
becoming increasingly guarded with their email addresses. While this is a smart
practice, as the level of paranoia increases, people are becoming afraid to
give out their email addresses to anyone. This may result in losses
for ecommerce websites and a reduction in the usefulness of the internet as
a whole since people are unwilling to fill-out online forms for fear of being
targeted by spammers.
Email Spamming often
contains fraudulent, deceptive, and worthless content.
Spam is often used to advertise
fake or misleading products and services that are not worth promoting by any
other medium. Spam messages prey on the inexperienced, weak minded, or naive
internet user who may be easily tricked into purchasing faulty products. Spam
advertising is often created by con-artists selling bogus products such as get
rich quick schemes, or self-improvement products. Rarely will a spam-promoted
product ever deliver on any of the promises it makes.
Some Spamming May
Spam software is intended
to run on provider's servers against their usage policies and to avoid detection.
Some spams are designed to trick people into giving out their credit card information
which is then abused by the spammers (this is considered credit card fraud).
Furthermore, spam containing sexually harrassing, or child-pornographic material
has begun to surface around the internet. These practices are both alarming