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02-16-2004, 11:47 AM
My spam filter used to do a wonderful job at filtering spam. But now, spam has gotten smarter. People are designing their spam around the spam filters. Argh!
Anyone have any recommendations for free XP based spam filters? I'm currently using SAProxy, which is Spam Assassin, but it is pretty hard to configure and not easy to update.
02-16-2004, 12:42 PM
Spam filtering is like countermeasures and counter-countermeasures. It will always cycle.
My filter is:
Don't use my email address for anything. Don't respond to any spam that does get through. Don't open anything coming from those I don't know. Don't preview pane.
Every once in a while you get a rash of mail, but it fades.
02-16-2004, 01:04 PM
I'm aware of all the precautions, however I've had my same email address for a lot of years. I order stuff on the Internet and I'm a little suspicious that someone is selling email addresses in violation of their privacy policies. :p
I think no one is immune from spam, unless you don't use the Internet. I typically get 40+ spams a day.
I think there's some services popping up that will do SPAM filtering for you, and virus filtering too. I'd be willing to spend some money for a service like that. I had one I was going to use, but they had problems retreiving my email for scanning.
But then again, I got this Linux box here, I should setup my own stuff. It's just a lot of work and upkeep for something I'm not getting paid to do!
02-16-2004, 03:32 PM
And who the hell buys steaks from email?
Shame on you.
02-16-2004, 08:24 PM
Anytime you have a feeling your email address might be used for something other than what you want it to be used for, use spamgourmet...
It's free many-to-one email forwarding with a number of optional security settings. You can then give someone an email address that looks like email@example.com and you will know how people got the email address, because you can use as many things as you want in place of "blah" and it'll all get sent to your real email address. (So if you thought TDG was misusing your email address, you could enter firstname.lastname@example.org. Addresses can be created on the fly or you can require that they be made ahead of time to be used.) The 3 indicates that by default only the first 3 emails will be forwarded; anything after that will be silently dropped. (You can always change how many emails are remaining for a given address.)
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