Again last month I exceeded my monthly allocation of traffic. This has made me look more closely at what I’m doing. Along the way I’ve been monitoring the spam I receive. It amounts to about 1 megabyte per day at the moment.
Friday: 115 messages, 705Kb, 3 included graphics 4Kb each. Total 720Kb.
Saturday: 147 messages, 905Kb, attached PDF 300Kb, at least 3 included graphics 8Kb each. Total 1230Kb.
Sunday: 153 messages, 956Kb, 2 included graphics: 12Kb. Total 980Kb.
Monday up to 9.30 am: 54 messages 370Kb.
Total for Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2.9Mb or about 1Mb per day.
This mounts up to about 30Mb per month, and as soon as I go over my limit it costs me 20 cents per Megabyte. $6 worth of spam per month. $6 I could be spending on reference books, movies, ice cream or even donations to charity. It’s theft plain and simple.
And I have to wonder how this affects people who pay heaps for their Internet connections. In a country where that $6 can represent a month’s pay (OK, so they won’t have a computer anyway) the impact of spam must be intensely magnified. Imagine coming up with a community group which provides an Internet connection for disadvantaged people. Received spam could blow away a month’s hard won income and endanger the whole project.
The content of spam is sickening, the fact of spam is sickening. Pah!