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Amount of Spam Drops Below Half of Email

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Seeing less unwanted email these days? The amount of spam has dropped below half of total emails.

I wish there was some magic technology to kill spam once and for all.

But it seems that something seems to be working: ITPortal.com points to a Symantic report stating the rate of spam is at 49.3%, the lowest rate recorded since 2003.

I use Gmail as my primary source of email, and it has always been very good at spotting spam; I rarely see spam in my inbox.

The amount of spam has been declining for several months, according to SecureList.com. In December, 2014, spam accounted for 66.4%. In January, it dropped to 61.9%. February saw it drop below the 60%-mark to 59.8%. Then in March, it was down to 56.2%.

That brought the total share of spam in email traffic in the first quarter of 2015 to 59.2%, which is six percentage points less than in the previous quarter.

Overall, the numbers paint a good picture for those of us who hate spam and resent the spammers intruding into our inboxes.

But while spam may be on the decline, it turns out all malicious activity isn’t, as hackers seem to be moving to other options:

It’s not all good news though as there were 57.6 million new malware variants created in June, up from 44.5 million pieces of malware created in May and 29.2 million in April.

The other options include “ransomware” in which someone takes control of your device or files and demands you pay a ransom before they’ll unlock them.

In other words, hackers are out to do what they do as much as ever, but they’re changing the ways they’re trying to get one step ahead.

Have you ever been the victim of a hacker?

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.