You might be under the misapprehension that spam was a problem that went away.
Yes, back in the 2000s, maybe you found yourself regularly bugged by Nigerian princes, fake doctorates and dubious ways of increasing your manhood… but chances are that you don’t see as much of it as you used to.
Trust me, the spammers are still out there – and busier than ever.
The only difference is that some of the webmail services that many of us use have got really good at filtering out the spam, and shoving it into a folder where it (almost) never gets in your way of the email you really want to read.
If you ever find yourself pining for the past, and are feeling bold, you should take a trip to your Spam folder.
With just a click or two you will be hurtling back in time, and shaking your head in bewilderment as to how anyone could ever fall for the scams, or be duped into clicking on the malicious attachments designed to infect your PC.
But just this week there was one group who didn’t have to go to unusual efforts to find spam in their webmail account, because Microsoft delivered it straight to their inbox.
— • erica jean • (@imbeingerica) June 1, 2016
Yup. As BBC News reports, users of Outlook.com (the new name for Hotmail) found themselves drowning in spam yesterday after something went horrendously wrong with Microsoft’s spam filter.
“Some users may be receiving excessive spam mail.”
It’s kind, of course, for Microsoft to treat Outlook.com users to such a nostalgic trip – but probably not so good for those who rely on their email inbox being as uncluttered as possible to work and play efficiently.