Figures released by Symantec indicate that in July 2017, 55.7 percent of all emails sent were spam. More than half. Ouch.
Luckily the spam filters are fairly effective. But if you add to it the way that automated bot-diallers are spraying junk calls around both landline and cellphone networks, other bots write comments for those of us with WordPress blogs, and let’s not mention Facebook or Twitter… Yah.
These days it doesn’t take long for any new medium to be taken over by vandals, push-marketers who won’t stop, scammers and thieves. It’s become so prevalent that the majority of calls I get on my landline are from scammers. And I have to suppose that anything unsolicited will, one way or another, be dishonestly intended.
My policy these days? Unsolicited mail is ignored. Messages on Facebook from people trying to get me to click on something are ignored. If somebody calls me and I don’t know the number, it’s ignored. If somebody spoofs a number I do know and tries to scam me, I’ll hang up on them – and then not answer when they ring back.
Maybe that means I miss some legitimate stuff. But I simply don’t have the time to waste on dealing with unsolicited callers who lie to me about supposed malware on my computer or some similar problem. Nor do I see why I should indulge the criminals who are exploiting ignorance and fear in their targets in order to steal from them.
It’s a pretty sad indictment of the apparent nature of humanity that being malicious to each other is, it seems, now a majority behaviour in our inter-connected world. The speed with which this has happened – and the volume of it – speaks volumes. So much for the wonderful inter-connected world envisaged by Mr Berners-Lee. And what ever became of the milk of human kindness? Thoughts?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2018