Montréal, Canada (PressExposure) March 16, 2012 -- Vircom Inc, a leader in email security has published its research on the state of spam. The research includes a comprehensive analysis from an online public survey held from December 2011 through January 2012. The survey results are presented in the form of infographics at http://www.vircom.com/en/lp/state-of-spam-in-2012/ [http://www.vircom.com/en/lp/state-of-spam-in-2012]
Analysis of the survey reveals that half of the respondents use online mail services such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. Most use such email services alongside work/school related email accounts. Nearly three quarters of the respondents use open public WiFi, exposing themselves to hackers looking to steal emails. A quarter or the respondents don't carefully examine emails from banks and financial institutions. Such emails are often a target of phishing threats trying to steal banking credentials.
"Alongside spam, we also have malware threats and phishing campaigns that aren't only a nuisance, but cause financial loss to the user," said Damien Ramé, Head of Marketing at Vircom Inc. "Our survey found that nearly a third of the users open spam emails if they like the subject line. Also a significant number download malicious files from these spammers. Such trends showcase the importance of anti-spam tools and corporate policies to stop spam."
The entire survey result can be found as an infographic on the Vircom website.
Vircom Inc. is a software development and professional services company focused exclusively on email messaging security. Founded in 1994, Vircom is the only email security vendor to offer a wide range of deployment options, proprietary anti-spam technology, complete Windows infrastructure integration and premium customer service. Its award-winning products include modusMail, modusGate, modusGate VM and modusGate Appliance. Vircom technology is made available to several major security providers and businesses, and deployed through third-party vendors to customers in more than 100 countries. For additional information, please visit http://www.vircom.com or call 1-888-484-7266.