Anti-Spam And A Brief History Of Spam

A Brief History Of Spam

There is much controversy about who invented and how was coined the term SPAM. But the version most widely accepted and even released by RFC 2635 (a working group of the Internet Society) is that it originated in a brand of corned beef by the Hormel Foods Corporation and eventually associated with unsolicited advertisements and the appearance in a program of the comedy group Monty Python.

Within a framework designed to mock the food rationing that struck England during and after the Second World War. The canned SPAM was one of the few types of meat rationing and released, as they ate it almost exclusively, produced much rejection (at constant nausea consumption) for this brand of canned. Hence the "hook" for the humorous part where this "phenomenon" was compared to the incredible accumulation of unwanted electronic messages caused by the beginning of the popularization of the Internet. The first official record of sending SPAM occurred at MIT, more precisely in a computer that was accessed by students with the use of different terminals.

Today, it is undeniable that the volume of unwanted messages, the spam's, became a major problem around the Internet User. Thus, eventually developed programs to allow users to combat this flood of unwanted messages, starting a war that persists to this day. These programs are known as anti-spam programs. The war has spread and several groups have tried to pacify one of SPAM through the establishment of legal and social barriers techniques to it. Social barriers were to become rules of conduct that were quickly dismissed by spammers. Legal barriers to summarize the lawsuits that have little or no damage caused in the fury of the riders clear difficulties involved in the assessment of the precise location of a spammer to assist in the notification.

Finally, came the technical barriers by creating programs that can block and delete unwanted messages. These programs are also known as filters and the idea behind them is to examine certain parameters contained in the message, and comparing them with certain parameters, to arrive at a mathematical probability of the message is or not a SPAM. If so regarded, the message is sent to a given location, for the User to evaluate and finally as the settings, deleted just before the User even see it. The ease of configuration and the possibility of User set up the rules to be used in the filter allow for a dramatic performance boost to anti-spam filters that we find in the market today. However, its obvious drawback is the great possibility to consider legitimate messages as spam and the program end up destroying an important message that was expected by the User.

The truth is that even the anti-spam programs used today have a great effect, the War of SPAM is far from being won by us. Unborn human or server capable of ridding the User entirely from that plague ravaging the Internet that causes so much trouble to users anywhere on the planet.

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