McAfee report says: Spam e-mails killing the environment

While I can’t comment on the science behind McAfee’s study, if it’s to be believed, that would make Sendio the single most eco-friendly anti-spam product on the planet!

Hot off the digital presses… Spam e-mails killing the environment, McAfee report says

McAfee’s Avert Labs recently reported the significant impact that spam is having, not just on our inboxes, but on the environment. The novelty of this angle aside, shouldn’t people be asking themselves how is it possible this problem has been allowed to get so bad? Let’s assume we like the idea of elevating spam to a place where it is considered to be an environmental hazard (I think its even worse — more like an environmental disaster — but the promotion is long overdue), clearly the time has come to ask “who has been asleep at the switch?”

Back in the 1970’s it became obvious that air pollution was caused, to a large extent, by exhaust from automobiles and trucks. Once this fact had been established, the question became… “What are we going to do about it?” If air pollution had been addressed like email pollution, we would have simply trusted the auto manufacturers to make things better. In light of today’s study from McAfee, I think it is safe to say that anti-spam filters = auto manufacturers. While the automobile industry has certainly made great strides in the areas of fuel efficiency and emissions, they have never come close to getting ahead of the curve or actually fixing the problem.

Just like the US auto industry has failed to keep pace, from an innovation perspective, with their competitors around the globe, the developers of anti-spam filtering technologies have, obviously, failed to keep pace with spammers. As Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things, over and over again, expecting different results.” Like the US auto industry, the US anti-spam filtering industry is bloated, stuck in the past, is stagnant, and is losing the arms race to the bad guys.

Fortunately for us, the challenge to improve air quality was not simply “trusted,” or handed-over, to the auto industry alone. We realized that individuals needed to get involved. We, the people, needed to make changes to the way we did/do things. We came to understand that to help ourselves we needed to actively engage; not simply sit back and hope some passive system would make everything better.

The time has come, once and for all, for “we the people” to take a stand against spam! Clearly, the mammoth companies, like McAfee, Cisco, Symantec, Google, Barracuda Networks, etc., that make anti-spam filtering tools have failed to save our environment from this polluting scourge. If we, as individuals and collectively as businesses, don’t start looking beyond the status quo with respect to failed anti-spam filtering, we are not only going to loose e-mail as a tool, we are going to hasten the deterioration of our physical environment.

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