Just an interesting experience i would like to share in regards to the issue of spam due to the few threads on spam lately.
About 6 months ago I moved house and as a result i had to set up a new email address with an ISP (opt..) When setting it up on the phone i just randomly selected an email address of letters and numbers (my suggestion) as i was planning to maintain my previous one.
Not long after I thought I should start using this new email address and had to call the isp as I had no idea what the actual address was (so hence I had not been able to give it to anyone)
When I finally got the details and logged into the email it was full of spam. Now understanding that there a lot of random mail generators out there it seems surprising that I had created an (complex) address at random, given it to no-one and within a few days it was full of junk.
So I called the isp and expressed my concerns, they said there is nothing they can do but offer a free spam filter. It was turned on and almost 98% of spam is now missed.
However interestingly enough I get a monthly report and the level of spam has never been anywhere near the amount prior to me using the email address.
It just makes me wonder how secure this information is being kept, and why now is my email address receiving less spam now itís being used than when it wasnít.