Thursday, April 16, 2009

SPAM – An environmental concern

Yes, you read it right.  Spam, otherwise known as UCE (Unsolicited Commercial Email) is partially responsible for polluting our atmosphere.  According to ABC News, spammers generated over 62 trillion junk messages last year which from an energy point of view is far from trivial.

Instead of sending messages asking for money or marketing Viagra, the electricity used sending the e-mails could have powered 2.4 million homes for a year or driven a car around the planet 1.6 times, according to the report.

I did my part today by installing Exchange server 2003 service pack 2 which includes a handy little thing called Intelligent Message Filter or IMF.  This is a tool by Microsoft which assigns a spam rating to every email that comes in and then you can set a filter to delete, archive or reject email based on the rating without the intended user (victim) ever even knowing about it.

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