ISPA recommendations on combating spam
ISPA has released a best current practice (BCP) document as a recommendation to ISPA members on how to help combat spam. It comes as part of a series of documents aimed at advising members on what it believes is the best way to deal with various issues.
ISPA points out that a large portion of the problem is caused by zombie PCs which help distribute over 80% of spam, and that Service Providers should help educate their customers into the best way to protect their PCs from being involved in this. Suggested measures include using firewalls and anti-virus software, as well as promotion of products they offer to help reduce spam. We at thinkbroadband.com recommend that everyone runs anti-virus and firewall software to ensure they are well protected. Most operating systems come with a built in firewall, and free anti-virus solutions (such as AVG free or Avast) are readily available.
Other future documents are expected to advise members on how to approach issues such as copyright infringement, peer-to-peer file sharing, and contact with law enforcement.