If you ever need a good resource about spam — what it is, why it’s bad, and what you can do about it — check out SpamPrimer.com.  It only takes 15 minutes to read the entire site, and it’s well worth the effort.  (So much so, in fact, that I’ve added a permanent link to it on this blog’s sidebar.)

The Spam Primer started in 1996 as a way to help people deal with a new problem: spam. Even then, author Randy Cassingham realized spam would become a huge problem for everyone who depends on e-mail (and it has: it’s estimated that about 90 percent of all e-mail traffic is spam, which makes it difficult for legitimate e-mail to get through, and to find it among all the garbage!)

The next time you hear someone say “what’s the big deal, just delete it” (or worse, “just click the unsubscribe link”), send them to SpamPrimer.com.

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