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  1. 1. Gómez, Verónica Haydeé – 1st. year What is spam?If you use email, you’ll have encountered spam. But do you know where the term comes from, andwhy it’s used to refer to unwanted email?‘Spam’ is an acronym derived from the words ‘spiced’ and ‘ham’. In 1937, the Hormel FoodsCorporation (USA) started selling minced sausage made from out-of-date meat. The Americansrefused to buy this unappetizing product. To avoid financial losses the owner of the company, Mr.Hormel, launched a massive advertizing campaign which resulted in a contract to provide tinned meatproducts to the Army and Navy. In 1937, Hormel Foods began to supply its products to Americanand allied troops. After World War 2, with Britain in the grips of an economic crisis, spam was oneof the few meat products that wasn’t rationed and hence was widely available. George Orwell, in hisbook ‘1984’, described spam as ‘pink meat pieces’, which gave a new meaning to the word ‘spam’ -something disgusting but inevitable.In December 1970 the BBC television comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus showed a sketchset in a cafe where nearly every item on the menu included spam - the tinned meat product. As thewaiter recited the SPAM-filled menu, a chorus of Viking patrons drowned out all other conversationwith a song repeating "SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM... lovely SPAM, wonderful SPAM", hence"SPAMMING" the dialogue. Since then spam has been associated with unwanted, obtrusive,excessive information which suppresses required messages.In 1993 the term ‘spam’ was first introduced with reference to unsolicited or undesired bulkelectronic messages. Richard Dephew, administrator of the world-wide distributed Internet discussionsystem Usenet, wrote a program which mistakenly caused the release of dozens of recursivemessages onto the news.admin.policy newsgroup. The recipients immediately found an appropriatename for these obtrusive messages – spam.On April 12 1994, a husband-and-wife firm of lawyers, Canter & Siegel, posted the first massivespam mailing. The company’s programmer employed Usenet to advertise the services offered byCanter & Siegel, thus giving a start to commercial spam.Today the word ‘spam’ is widely used in email terminology, though Hormel tinned meat products arestill on sale in the USA.Types of spamSpam comes in many different varieties, ranging from advertizing of legitimate goods and services topolitical propaganda to Internet scams. Spam worldwide tends to advertise a certain range of goodsand services irrespective of language and geography.Spammers constantly extend the range of their offers and are always searching for new ways ofattracting unwary users. The list of spam categories is growing. However, when averaged out overthe course of the year, 50% of spam falls into the following categories: 1) Adult content 4) Personal finance 2) Health 5) Education and training 3) ITHow to reduce spamSpam isn’t only a nuisance, but can pose a threat to your computer or your data. For simple, practicalguidelines on how you can reduce the amount of spam you receive, read here.Number of words in text: 515. April 29th,2011
  2. 2. . Talking about spam