Or should I say, is it really your parents that are to blame? Here’s an interesting article from Dark Reading that cites a research study on spam. A researcher analyzed 8.9 million email messages at an ISP in the United Kingdom, and found that the first letter of your email address caused a significant difference in the quantity of spam.

[The researcher] found that the email addresses that began with “A” received 35 percent spam in their inboxes, while “Z’s” got about 20 percent — after sorting out real emails versus invalid ones that had likely been generated by a spamming tool. Clayton says it’s likely that spammers using dictionary attacks could be the cause of this disproportionate distribution of spam” (Higgins, 2008, ¶ 3).

So see, it’s not your pattern of behavior on the Internet, or the fact that some of your friends don’t maintain a current anti-virus program on their computer, that is to blame, it’s your parents. If they have named you Quentin instead of Allen, you wouldn’t have as much spam.

— Higgins, Kelly Jackson. (2008, August 28). Report: Email Address Dictates Spam Volume. Dark Reading. http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=162585.

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