Seeing less spam in your inbox? Here is why.

Junk mail or spam has fallen to less than 50% of all the email scanned in June by security firm Symantec.

Source: Spam email levels at 12-year low – BBC News

The article states that criminals are instead turning to malware to make money. So do you have malware & antivirus protection? The new term for this combined protection is called “endpoint” protection. The Sophos program I spoke about earlier is considered endpoint protection and marketed to businesses and Macintosh.

If you have a PC then the free Avast or Avira seem to be a popular and well regarded choice. They also offer paid versions as well.

The bottom line for spam seems to be that both legal action against spammers and more intelligent filtering is reducing their effectiveness. I would love to have a legally mandated intervention for any email that has suspicious key words. If someone thinks that sending money to a Nigerian prince is going to make them rich they need help in more ways than one.

What is amazing to me is that spam has existed for so long but people haven’t learned the lesson. You don’t reply to it, you don’t support it, and you never buy anything from it. I personally will take action with people who spam me and ask them to stop and if they don’t then they get reported. There is no excuse for spamming someone who has never done business with you. This seems to be an increasingly frequent occurrence on LinkedIn and it may doom its usefulness to me.

Do older UK people have the computer skills they need?

A charity warns that the lack of older people taking part in training may leave the UK with a digital skills gap.

Source: Concerns over older people’s IT skills – BBC News

This seems to me to be FUD about the need for computer skills in mature people. I used to teach computer skills for mature people because it enriches people’s lives to use a computer and think. However for an article to say that the country going to suffer for this, I don’t think so.

Most people who get older want to do less with their lives not more. People have beliefs that they are too old to learn, so they refuse to learn. They feel that they have “learned enough” so they don’t learn. This isn’t about a calcification of skills, but rather that of attitude. I find this attitude surprising. With all the benefits that technology has clearly brought us as a society, why would you want to close your life to an easier and better way of doing things?

That is what mystified me the most about learning. People fight to not learn things, but once they learn them, they ask why didn’t you tell them sooner? When I taught class I sold the benefits of learning which was to make your life easier, and then showed them how technology would make their lives easier. However if the attitude going in is that this has no value, of course they are going to not learn anything.

Why not make things that are a privilege like driving be contingent on learning new skills each year? You have to have a minimum eye site (right?) to drive. Why not a minimum level of brain activity? Driving is as much planning ahead and being aware of possible dangers, as it is just stepping on the gas.