512 terabytes of spam flood the internet every day

120 billion spam emails. Taste that number. That is how many waste-of-space, soul-sucking, worthless emails pollute the internet

every

single

day.

Spam spam spam spam spam

We sampled the not-inconsiderable amount of spam our office mail server gets hammered with every day to estimate the average size of a spam email, which happens to be 4.27 kilobytes (based on a sample of just over a thousand spam emails).

That lands us on a daily overall bandwidth usage of 120 billion * 4.27 kilobytes = 512 terabytes of nothing but SPAM.

Sure, the main bandwidth hog these days is probably streaming video, but spam is completely unnecessary material that doesn’t add anything good whatsoever:

  1. Added strain on the internet’s infrastructure.
  2. Wasted bandwidth.
  3. Wasted disk space on mail servers AND workstations.
  4. AND finally, how many legitimate emails aren’t missed because they disappear in the masses of spam?

This is just wishful thinking, but SPAM, PLEASE GO AWAY!

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