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Spam: A Definition

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How did spam get its name?

Spam: A Definition

Do you find your online mailbox filled with unwanted junk from people and companies you've never heard of? Well, welcome to the world of "spam." And, if you're thinking about doing a mass mailing of your newsletter to people who didn't subscribe, think again. This unsolicited email, usually involving advertising for a service or product, can get you into trouble.

Spam, not only takes up a considerable amount of network bandwith, but in most cases, just wastes people's time. Some ISPs, such America Online, have even instituted policies to prevent spammers from spamming their subscribers. In a nutshell, spam is "an endless repetition of worthless text."

   

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