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Chapter 16. Outlook Security and Privacy > Stopping Spam and Other Unwanted E-m...

Stopping Spam and Other Unwanted E-mail

What was once a trickle of junk mail has now become a flood. According to one reliable source, more than half of all e-mail messages sent and received in the first half of 2003 were unsolicited commercial e-mail, better known as spam. That's up from a mere 8% in 2001, and the trend continues to go in the wrong direction.

As end users, folks like us are powerless to stop spam at its source. If you control the server through which your e-mail passes, you can install sophisticated filtering software that will bounce unwanted e-mail before it reaches your inbox. But for those who have accounts hosted by an Internet service provider, the only solution is to filter junk mail as it arrives.


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