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Where Spam Traps Come From and How They Work

Regardless of how spam is technically defined, we can probably agree it’s unwanted email, and we don’t like it. (Unless you send spam, and then you can go TOS yourself.) In the fight against spam, some organizations use spam traps to find and block spammers. A spam trap is an email address that’s not actively used, but …

How Fast Can Spammers Harvest Your Emails?

Reading through the FTC Spam Summit Report (472k PDF), I came across an interesting study they did, buried way back in the Appendix. To determine how effective ISP spam filters are, they created 150 fresh new email addresses, and posted them at 50 locations around the Internet: "The 50 Internet locations included websites controlled by …

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