The Silence of the Spams

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Traditionally the word SPAM might evoke jokes and urban legends about mystery meat and the nature of a certain food product. However, the word has begun to take on a whole new meaning within the framework of social media, networking, and our general online use. Here’s an infographic to help shed a bit of light on the history of everyone’s favorite unsolicited messages:

Now more than ever one must be vigilant and constantly on guard against potential online threats to security. As the forms of social media or networking and the numerous ways we communicate and share content online continue to evolve. The techniques to manipulate or undermine our privacy and steal valuable personal information seemingly develop simultaneously. There are a number of websites on google that provide various avenues to complain about frauds or scams online if you think you have been the victim of one or become aware of one’s existence. There is also a pool of valuable information related to the topic.

A service known as the internet crime’s complaint center releases regular scam alerts to online users about recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously existing cyber scams. In a recent report they discuss the existence of a traffic ticket spam that’s been trending. Here’s a link to the article and a quote about the traffic ticket spam; “The IC3 has received over 70 complaints since July 2011 reporting fraudulent e-mails claiming the recipient had been issued a traffic ticket. The spam, which spoofed a nyc.gov e-mail address, claimed to be from the New York State Police (NYSP). Complainants, throughout the U.S. and internationally, reported that the e-mail indicated a traffic ticket had been issued against them as a result of a moving violation.” Merely one example that supports the idea of SPAM and online scams coming in almost all shapes or sizes and how they are becoming increasingly better at disguising themselves as harmless or even faking authority or purpose!!

Sure their annoying but is SPAM actually becoming something of a detriment to our environment? What do you think? Please share with me your thoughts on this second infographic:

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