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The On Ramp

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 Issue # 29 March 2006 
  • Greetings from the Edi...
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  • DSL Dilemma
  • What is SPAM
  • WebCams
  • The Tax Man Cometh
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  • Spring Again!
  • Visiting with Victor
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  • Using a Search Engine
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  • Go Fly a kite!
  • Kudos
  • Winners Circle

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  • What is SPAM
    by Ruben Bybee
    March 2006
    "What is spam?"
    Depending on where you look or who you ask, you will get varying answers.

    At BMI, we define spam as "unsolicited bulk email", which means these emails are being sent to you through no action on your part.

    In reviewing numerous spam reports sent to BMI over the last several weeks, I have found that over 90% of the reports are not actually spam but rather are valid email lists that were subscribed to.

    "How does this happen?" When you contact a company, visit a website, or install new software, etc, you are often asked if you would like to receive emails from them. Many times the question is worded in such a way that you must uncheck a particular box to not be put on the list. It is no wonder that so many of us get placed on email lists we are unaware of! Nonetheless, these emails are legitimate and not truly SPAM.

    "What to do?" The only way to really get off a valid mailing list is to unsubscribe from it. I know, I know, for years we have been preaching to never click on that unsubscribe link because it will result in more spam... but this is not the case with valid mailing lists. A valid mailing list will honor your unsubscribe request and not use it as a means to authenticate the validity of your email address.

    Currently BMI is stopping over 800,000 spam emails each day. If you are unsure whether an unwanted email is truly SPAM, or simply a mailing list you inadvertently subscribed to, please do not hesitate to contact us - We are just a phone call or email away!
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