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If that works, it might finally be possible to make some headway in the battle against junk e-mail.
Junk e-mail not only is disruptive and unwanted, it costs Internet users millions of dollars per year.
China's overburdened Internet infrastructure translates into extremely slow download times for most customers, a problem compounded by junk e-mail.
From advertisers and other corporations tracking your movements on the Web by placing innocuous sounding "cookies" on your hard drive, to rogues filling your e-mail box with offers of bogus university degrees or cheap printer toner, every bit of spam -- the wired word for junk e-mail -- and news item about abuses of privacy on the Net raises the hackles of Web watchers.
Clicking on links in junk e-mail also encourages spammers to keep sending it because you responded.
Don't tick it, the spammer then knows your address is active and it will increase the junk e-mail sent to you.
Advertisements for sexually explicit materials or other information inappropriate for minors must be labeled "ADV:ADLT." The law also requires spammers to include a toll-free telephone number or a valid e-mail address so recipients can ask to stop receiving junk e-mail.
First of all, don't spend too much time reading junk e-mail -- remember the Novell survey?
An example that has become an everyday vexation for many is junk e-mail, also called unsolicited commercial e-mail or "spam." On a bad day, up to 30% of the e-mail processed by major Internet service providers (ISPs) is spam, much of it promoting sex sites and get-rich-quick schemes.
E-mail still has a few kinks; attachments can create some headaches when they are difficult to open or read; spam or junk e-mail is cluttering mailboxes;, and e-mail etiquette still eludes some people.
Experts says junk e-mail is so rampant because it's an incredibly cheap way to advertise - it costs less than pounds 150 to send six million messages from the US, where local phone calls are free.
According to MXSweep, spam and junk e-mail accounts for around 80% of business e-mail, in general, but the cost of deploying industrial grade e-mail security solutions is prohibitive for most business owners.