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Hour 16. Emailing Through the Web, Stopp... > Stopping Junk Email ("Spam")

Stopping Junk Email ("Spam")

Within a few weeks after you begin using the Internet, you'll make an unpleasant discovery: The same sort of take-no-prisoners direct marketing types who telemarket you at suppertime and stuff offers in your mailbox have found you online. Over time, you'll see an ever-increasing number of ads, offers, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and other such scams in your Inbox. This mountain of unwanted crapola is collectively known as spam.

Spam. Unsolicited email sent out to a large group of strangers for purposes of advertising products and services, promoting political causes, or making mischief. (Senders of spam are called spammers.) The name may derive from the fact that the messages multiply the way the word "spam" does in an old Monty Python skit, but the term's origin is unconfirmed.


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