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Spam: In Alphabetical Order?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help

So, tell me, how much spam do you get in a day? I know that if it weren’t for my spam filter, I would have over 50 spam messages in my Inbox everyday. The amount of spam you get depends on a lot of things. Of course, you will get more spam if you sign up for untrusted newsletters, post your e-mail address on Web sites or if you respond to spam messages sent to you. You can lower the amount of spam you get by avoiding those things, but a new study has shown that there is another way to limit the amount of spam you receive.

It seems as if e-mail addresses that start with letters toward the beginning of the alphabet get more spam. On the other hand, e-mail addresses that start with letters later in the alphabet get less spam. That happens because many spammers send their messages out in alphabetical order. If your e-mail address starts with a letter that comes later in the alphabet, you may not get as many spam messages, because your e-mail provider probably blocked the spammer by the time they got to you.

That’s just something to think about the next time you create a new e-mail address. Maybe tacking a “z” onto the beginning of your address will help ease the pain of spam.


Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!


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