Anti spam specialists and companies predict an average of 78 billion peaces of spam to be sent daily as we get closer to Christmas.
Anti spam software and mail servers have to work hard to process more and more loads of emails to fight this onslaught of spam but as we all know, this is a cat-and-mouse game.
Sophisticated spammers design and test their spam messages against the current spam definitions. Spam filters will not be able to catch 100% the spam.
Say, a spam filter catches 99% of the spam, there is still that 1% that will be missed. That is 1 out of 100 spam sent. Not a big number. But 1% of 78 billion is certainly a very big number.
The server statistics for Have Laptop Will Travel show that my mail servers are hit with more than a million peaces of spam each day, which is close to quadruple the hits in the previous month… but I don’t like spam!
Mail servers are designed to handle large number of emails, but with the sudden influxes, even the most powerful mail server requires time to digest all the emails. Hence, mail delivery is delayed.
It is unfortunate that my mail server has to work so much harder to process the large load of emails, a large percentage of which is junk mail. Thanks spammers. Lumps of coal for you this year.
And it’s not just spam that is a concern to me, there is also the email viruses and other email-borne threats that inundate our in boxes.
So what am I doing to help prevent this nightmare of spam-tastic per portions from hammering on my servers?
- Implemented new measures and procedures to monitor and ensure the effects of spam are kept to the lowest.
- Employed more mail servers to alleviate the load of my existing mail servers.
- Installed a Barracuda Spam Firewall.
and some other behind the scenes secret sauce which I won’t disclose because the spammers subscribe to my RSS feed.
I’ve also made sure that my personal and work machines are all patched with the latest security updates, all my anti virus products are up-to-date and I’ve done some serious house cleaning on all my hard drives, done a ton of registry fixes and cleaning and triple checked for spy ware and male ware on all my machines.
At this point all is well on the Island of Misfit Toys but it will still require daily monitoring and tweaks but with what I have in place now, I’m better prepared for the storm of spam coming my way this holiday season… are you prepared?