Montreal-based corporate mail security provider Vircom Inc. has launched an online survey on the topic of email spam. The survey is open to the public and targets both corporate and personal users of email. Participants to the survey are eligible to win regular prizes such as gift cards from BestBuy, Subway and iTunes, along with a grand prize of the new iPhone 4S.
“Spammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in both their approach and techniques used to harness email addresses. Our goal is to research how consumers’ behaviour and attitude make them susceptible to spam,” said Damien Rame, head of Marketing at Vircom Inc. “To make matters worse, spammers are not just content in sending advertising emails, but also dangerous malware and phishing messages. These types of emails compromise the end-users computer and result in identity-theft.”
The survey specifically questions behaviour in regards to the use of social networking sites that access address books, unencrypted Wi-Fi usage at public hotspots and familiarity with known phishing techniques. The survey also covers end-user attitudes towards spam once it manages to arrive in their inbox. Results of the survey will be released in Q1 of 2012.