What is spam?
Where do we meet with the word spam? There is a separate “spam” folder on your mailbox, friends often indignantly repeat: “I’ve been bombarded with spam!”, And in social networks they may even block you for spam. What is spam? Where did this word come from? Today we will definitely figure it out.
What is spam
Spam is a mass mailing (to e-mail, in the form of messages on forums, in chat rooms, social networks, etc.) of commercial, political and other advertising or certain information to those people who did not want to receive it.
The origin of the term "spam"
We began with a definition, and now we will consider this term and its rather interesting origin in more detail. You probably think that the word "spam" is quite young and appeared recently when the global Internet has become widely used by ordinary people. And no! The English word "SPAM" used to have a completely different meaning and it appeared back in 1936. Such an abbreviation SPAM was decoded as SPiced hAM, which means "spicy ham." This is a trademark for canned meat - sausage minced pork.
In fact, this meaning is directly related to the modern meaning of the term "spam". There are a lot of canned food "SPAM" after the Second World War. they were needed during the war to supply the soldiers. Naturally, then it was necessary to sell all the products, let's say, "not the first freshness." So the first advertising campaign of such a scale was held ... Just imagine, huge inscriptions with the word SPAM were visible from the windows of all cheap shops, such advertising was everywhere, and even on buses, on trams, on houses, on radio and in the newspapers close up.
Then in the then famous Monty Python Flying Circus show was beaten in a sketch (short comedy scene), as SPAM was contained in all the cafe's dishes, and in some even several times, a clearly negative attitude was expressed to it. Thus, it gave rise to the emergence of the modern meaning of the word "spam".
This was reinforced by the fact that in 1986, Dave Roders advertised a new financial pyramid. In the Usenet conferences, identical messages containing advertising information about the financial pyramid began to be massively distributed.Then they began to compare this newsletter with canned food, which were so persistently advertised and ridiculed in the sketch of Monty Python.
With the help of spam they often advertise services, goods, thus, a huge number of potential customers are covered, and it does not require large material costs for an advertising company. Although we must not forget that spam causes rejection among recipients.
Do I have to fight spam
Do we understand what spam is? If this is just sending advertising information, then why should it be fought? Spam is not only "unnecessary garbage." The fact is that some spam e-mails contain information from fraudsters and threaten to infect a computer with viruses. Now you know what spam is, and that you need to be on guard with it.