Before friday comes spamday

Monday, 12 May 2003, 3:29 PM EST

BT monitored more than 25 million e-mail messages sent by its customers over a two-week period in March. It found that nearly 11 million--41 percent--of the messages were junk e-mail.

More than 4 million spamming incidents were identified on Thursdays, making it the most popular day of the week for distributing unsolicited e-mail.

"The problem with spam is well documented, but to get close to the 50 percent mark is astonishing--and the figure can only increase," says Duncan Ingram, managing director at BT Openworld.

"The best option users have is to protect themselves. That way they can continue to use e-mail as an effective communication tool without being subjected to the irritation and hindrances that spam brings," Ingram says.

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