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Spam Still A Big Problem For Small Businesses

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Believe it or not, spam is a growing problem for small businesses, according to a new survey.
Believe it or not, spam is a growing problem for small businesses, according to a new survey.

Is spam a fact of your daily life? You're not alone. A survey of small and midsize companies by GFI Software found the spam problem isn't going away. In fact, 52 percent of respondents report getting more spam in the past year, while 32 percent say it’s remained the same. And they’re not happy about it: 72 percent complain they get too much spam and 70 percent claim their current anti-spam solutions are marginally effective (60 percent) or completely ineffective (10 percent).

Why it matters to your business: Spam isn't just innocent junk email: Nearly half (44 percent) of respondents admit their companies' security had been breached as a result of spam. Malicious links or files, as well as phishing attacks, are among the top security concerns of companies when it comes to spam. With 90 percent of companies already educating employees as to the risks of opening spam email, education clearly isn't the only component to spam protection. GFI says the best way to stop spam is with a multilayered defense that includes both on-premise and cloud-based anti-spam software.

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