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IPSWITCH REVEALS THAT SPAM IS TAKING A SUMMER VACATION
Messaging Expert Reveals That Spam Is Down by Over 20% on Previous Period

August 15, 2005: Ipswitch, the leading developer of network management, messaging and file transfer solutions, today announced that 74% of email received in a special survey conducted for Ipswitch over the summer period was unwanted spam, down from 93% over the Easter period. The survey shows a welcome relief for businesses from the nuisance of spam over the summer period.

Although mortgage and loan spam held on to the top spot, it fell from 44% the previous period to a third of spam emails this time. Second remained unwanted emails offering various types of medication (up from 18% to 22%). Next was the new trend of emails attempting to ‘phish’ recipients’ banking details with spurious claims of Lottery wins and online gambling accounts (12.5% up from 9%), with various pornographic offerings rising to the occasion at number four. Last was spam offering pirated software with 9% of the total spam received.

1. Mortgages and Loans – 33% – (Non Mover)

2. Medication – 22% – (Non Mover)

3. Lottery/Gambling – 12.5% – (Up from number 4)

4. Pornographic – 12.5% – (Up from number 5)

5. Pirated Software – 9% – (Down from number 3)

“Although the percentage of spam arriving in email inboxes can vary substantially, the importance of having efficient filters in place is as relevant as ever because productivity can be adversely affected by even small amounts of messaging spam. Businesses lose countless man-hours a week in staff having to sift through the deluge of email in their inbox to get to those that have a real affect on the bottom line,” said Ipswitch’s vice president of marketing, Alex Neihaus. “Collaboration is a cornerstone of doing business in the 21 st century and companies cannot do enough to protect this vital part of their business communications.”

“Despite the user becoming more knowledgeable in their approach to spam, the spammers are at least one step ahead. The rise in phishing spam is the most worrying, as this is often quite sophisticated – and has the highest financial repercussions for users. It is of massive importance that users have suitable anti-spam capabilities in place,” said Quocirca analyst Clive Longbottom.

Ipswitch’s leading messaging solution, Ipswitch Collaboration Suite (ICS) 2.0, features new anti-spam technology, available in ICS Premium and ISP editions, with spam profiles handcrafted by human editors to prevent the latest efforts in spam attacks.

For a full breakdown of results please contact MCC International (ipswitchpr@mccint.com).

About Ipswitch

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