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19/06/2006

Some 13.2 million homes connected to the Internet receive spam emails, with 4.2 million receiving at least 10 a day, new research has found.

According to uSwitch.com this is a problem as 32% of spammed home computer users experienced problems such as viruses, and that spam cost UK businesses £1.3 billion every year.

It added that Internet users should take precations when using the Internet, for example taking precautions like putting filters and firewalls in place.

Chris Williams, broadband product manager at uSwitch.com, said: “Spam has been a problem ever since the internet became available to the general public in the late 80’s but as we’ve become an online nation, spam is an epidemic with potentially damaging consequences. Home computers are now the real target of spam attacks – 85% of personal email accounts receive spam compared to just 28% of work place email accounts.

“Millions of UK homes experience computer problems after receiving spam making online security imperative, so it is worrying that just 620,000 claim that they are using spam filters. The majority of broadband suppliers offer a free spam filter so this should be part of the criteria used when shopping around for a new supplier. This is small step when considering the potential expense of replacing or repairing a damaged computer.”

He added that most broadband providers provided spam filters as part of the product ensuring that customers do not receive unwanted spam emails, and that consumers should make the most of these tools.

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