- Posted September 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Student E-Mails Getting Hit With Spam
Spam has increasingly become a problem on the Internet. While every Internet user receives some spam, email addresses posted to web sites or in newsgroups and chat rooms attract the most spam.
To reduce the amount of spam you receive:
- Filter your email
- Don't reply to spam
- Be careful releasing your email address, and know how it will be used.
- Use a secondary email account
- Be proactive
University students using internal e-mail systems at colleges and universities across the country are just as subject to getting spam as everyone else. Recently, Shelby Aebischer of the CSU-Pueblo Today reported about spam overflowing the spam boxes of student e-mails.
Student e-mail systems at colleges and universities are designed for students to communicate with professors, turn in assignments and handle other academic responsibilities required by the university. But with so many spam messages coming in, it is clogging up the students' inbox's, making it so the important messages don't make it through.
Several students have made note of this and brought the issue up with information technology services at their schools, but the problem continues despite IT’s efforts to put a stop to the incoming spam.
In a recent study done by, Brightmail in the United Kingdom, they found that nearly 11 million out of 25 million messages were scanned were spam - a weekly average of 41%. (2) This just goes to show that there is more spam out there and getting rid of it is nearly impossible.
Internet giants such as AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft tout spam filters on their services provided to both basic and premium members but that fact is that this spam is still getting through and a rising rate.
“It is frustrating to try and check my email when all that I see is spam; some of it from vendors that I don’t even think are real,” said CSU-Pueblo student Codee Shawcroft. (1) I also can testify to this issue as I am a student at CSU-Pueblo and it is also hitting my staff e-mail account which is hosted on site on a secure network.
So in the mean time what are we supposed to do about all these e-mails coming through? Simply don't use chat rooms, news boards, forums and such is a recommendation that many schools are giving their students.
1. Aebischer, Shelby. Spam flooding university email accounts. 09 11, 2013. http://csupueblotoday.com/news/spam-flooding-university-email-accounts#comment-42657 (accessed 09 11, 2013).
2. BBC News. Mid-week suffers spam overload. 05 10, 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3014895.stm (accessed 09 12, 2013).
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