On Sat, May 20, 2000, David Tabachnikov (NetHunter) wrote about "Re: [hackers-il] Re: (Signature is 10x longer than actual text,so hack me up by , sharp axes)":
> I do nothing about spam and I still get less then 1% of my inbox with
> spam. I wonder why. (And yes - I do post to newsgroups, and I don't use
> any filters.)
First, it's obvious that the percentage of spam will be different by the
amount of real email you get. If you get 1 spam message a day, and 4 real
messages, then you got 20% spam. But if you got 99 real messages a day, then
this percentage is down to 1%...
It also depends which messages you count; Do you count mailing-list messages?
I don't. When you don't count mailing list messages, I rarely get more than 5
emails a day - and I always get 2 or more spams a day...
Second, the amount of spam you get depends on how many spammers have your
address, and how many addresses you have. Many spammers don't send each spam
to *all* the addresses they have, but rather to, say, 10% of the addresses,
randomly. So if they have 3 of your addresses in your list, you've almost
tripled your chance to get that spam from them.
Third, some spammers make their own lists (and don't buy other lists) so
unless you post to newsgroups often, subscribe to mailing lists, or put your
email on the web, they won't be able to get your address. If you do all these
things, they will surely get your address.
Fourth, because spammers do sell each other address lists, having an "old"
address can mean most spammers have it. I still get spam, once in a while, to
an address I haven't used for 5 years.
This is why different people get different amounts of spam.
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