Making Mincemeat Out Of Unwanted E Mail

New software can help you get the upper hand over "spammers"

You've got mail--junk e-mail--and plenty of it. "Legally lower your taxes offshore." "Does your stock portfolio look like `SWISS' cheese?" "Viagra now only $4.50 online!!" The number of mass e-mailings has grown 400% over the past year to nearly 5,000 a day, says Brightmail, a San Francisco outfit that sells an early-warning system to companies and Internet service providers who try to block junk mail before it hits your "inbox." It's only going to get worse, says market researcher Ferris Research: Within the next five years, 40% of your incoming e-mail is going to be spam, up from 10% today.

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