Nearly seven in ten junk emails are images


Spam using images rather than text now accounts for most junk email, according to McAfee. The change began in late 2005 to counter aggressive spam filtering which blocks emails containing certain words or phrases. By last October 40 percent of spam was image-based, and by the end of the year the proportion had risen to 65 percent.

As an image spam is typically three to four times the size of the average text email, it is taking a significant slice of people's bandwidth - and some users pay by the gigabyte. Nearly seven in ten junk emails are images - Computeract!ve

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