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Spam is part of the daily life of any Internet user. This type of message, classified as unwanted or useless for those who receive it, corresponds to 49.5% of the total of 20 billion emails sent per day worldwide. Born four decades ago in an innocent business strategy, spam today is more than just irritation and a waste of time. They often behave as a method of attacking criminals interested in stealing data, causing damage and inconvenience. Next, you know seven curious facts about spam.

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Association with humor framework ended up making the canned meat brand a synonym of irritation and garbage on the Internet Photo: Reproduo / OASAssociation with humor framework ended up making the canned meat brand a synonym of irritation and garbage on the Internet Photo: Reproduo / OAS

Association with humor framework ended up making the canned meat brand a synonym of irritation and garbage on the Internet Photo: Reproduo / OAS

Spam is the name of a popular brand of pre-cooked canned meat sold in more than 70 countries. The idea of ??associating the name of this brand with unwanted e-mails was born in the early days of the Internet. User groups were inspired by a skit from the humor group Monty Python, in which comedians spent a good deal of time repeating the word spam in a restaurant, to classify unwanted messages that are insistently sent to inboxes. The term caught on, and today, more than a canned brand, the term spam is synonymous with irritation on the Internet.

On May 3, 1978, Gary Thuerk decided to send an email announcing the computers for the company he worked for, Digital Equipment Corporation. At the time, the Internet had just over 2,500 users and Gary decided to send his ad to 400 of them, basically his entire contact list. The e-mail ended up annoying a lot of people and went down in history as the first of many spam in history.

3. The chance of you falling increases if the sender is known

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Spam is part of everyday life for any email user Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo

According to cybersecurity company F-Secure, when spam comes from someone you know, the chance that you will open the message increases by 12%. If the subject of the e-mail is written without spelling or grammatical errors, the risk goes up another 4.5%.

4. The annual cost of spam in the world

The cost of sending spam, in terms of expenses and loss of productivity, can reach around 20 billion dollars a year, according to a study by experts from Microsoft and Google published in 2012. The analysis takes into account not only the drop in productivity caused by such emails, but also considers the costs related to the need for companies to hire protection services and investments by security companies in the development of increasingly sophisticated products to combat spam. But the damage can be much greater: there are estimates that consider other factors, and speak at a cost of 130 billion dollars a year.

5. The difference between spam and phishing

There are differences between phishing and spam Photo: Divulgao / AVGThere are differences between phishing and spam Photo: Divulgao / AVG

There are differences between phishing and spam Photo: Divulgao / AVG

A spam email when qualified as an unwanted or useless message to the recipient. A phishing e-mail, although it can also be considered an unwanted (and therefore spam) e-mail, has a clearer objective: to trick the user into committing some kind of action, such as clicking on a malicious link, downloading a suspicious program or handing over personal data to a criminal.

In summary, the basic difference is that spam can simply be an irritating and unwanted (but harmless) promotional email from some commercial establishment. Phishing denotes hidden intentions and a strategy on the part of the sender to obtain data and cause damage and harm.

6. 46% of spammers want to take you by the heart

According to a recent F-Secure survey, 46% of spam are dating scams that offer dating and flirting services, 23% are emails with malicious attachments and another 31% are messages that try to get the user to access a website dangerous.

7. There are at least 94 billion spam per day

It is difficult to quantify the total number of spam messages that are sent per day in the world, but there are good estimates. The study by Microsoft and Google also speaks of a mass of spam bordering on 94 billion messages a day.

Most recent figures, from the consultancy Radicati Group, were based on the mass of e-mails sent worldwide in 2015. The analysis estimates that, of the 200 billion e-mails sent per day over the Internet, at least 49.5% they are spam. That is, there are 98 billion useless messages a day.