Wednesday, April 13, 2005
A survey carried out by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 28% of users with a personal email account say they receive more spam than before, while 22% say the amount has dropped.

53% of the users surveyed said that spam made them less confident in email; it is down 62% last year. 22% (compared to 29% last year) say they use less email because of spam.

Spam is however more and more accepted. Last year, 77% of users reported spam was unpleasant online, this year the number drops to 67%. Users have also reported that pornographic spam is declining.

On the other hand, "phishing"(E-mail fraudulently asking for personal financial information) is on the rise. 35% of users report having received a phishing attempt and 2% have provided phishers with the requested information.

Pew Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit research center that produces reports that study the social effects of the Internet.

References

http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/155/report_display.asp

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/11364931.htm

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