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AOL program blocks one billion spams a day

Two weeks after strengthening its antispam efforts on behalf of its members, America Online said it has blocked as many as one...

Two weeks after strengthening its antispam efforts on behalf of its members, America Online said it has blocked...

as many as one billion spam e-mails in a single day, up from the average 780 million spam messages a day it was blocking in mid-February.

AOL said the increase came two weeks after it alerted its 35 million members about how to report spam to AOL using a special Report Spam button included in AOL's Version 8.0 software.

The company claimed has stopped an average of more than 28 junk e-mails from reaching each account each day.

AOL members are using the spam reporting button to send up to 5.5 million pieces of junk e-mail per day to AOL's antispam engineers, up from about four million per day reported less than two weeks ago.

"Our members are sending AOL a very clear message: Can the spam," AOL chairman and chief executive officer Jon Miller said.

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