The Spam Cube is a piece of anti-spam hardware which is being launched through Amazon in the UK, designed to sit between a broadband modem and your PC/laptop, scanning incoming email for unwanted messages.

This hardware will retail at around £100, but the real question is why internet users should have to pay for hardware to deal with this problem. Isn’t this a problem which could be dealt with some other way? You know, ISPs, that sort of thing...?

The volume of spam email is undoubtedly a huge problem, with email monitoring firm Postini reporting that 80% of email traffic in September was spam, as well claiming to block 22 million viruses from reaching consumer inboxes.

There has been much criticism over the lack of effective action taken by ISPs on this issue, with the feeling that they could do much more to stop more of this garbage before it gets anywhere near their customers’ inboxes.

BT has at least taken a step towards this recently, with the introduction of their Spam-buster service, which aims to filter out more spam at their end, but other service providers have yet to follow suit.

While any device which tackles this problem is welcome, I fail to see why internet users should have to pay £100 to deal with a problem which could be solved by more effective software and greater effort from the ISPs who sent the spam our way in the first place.

And of course all of this is a poor reflection of anti-spam software, most of which seems equally inept at blocking real spam.

Graham Charlton

Published 23 October, 2006 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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