On Fri, 19 Dec 2003 06:53:34 +0000, Mike Tomlinson
Let's hope that Uncle Bill means business:
If he's willing to pump a few gazillion into the project then at least
some of the spammers will get what's coming to them.
Though I rather suspect that spam won't really go away until there has
been a serious technical rethink on how email is transmitted.
Replying to the email address given by my news reader
will result in your own email address being instantly
added to my anti-spam database! If you really want to
contact me try changing the prefix in the given email
address to my newsgroup posting name.....
On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 18:31:07 UTC, "Gavin Gillespie"
I've copied that and will use it (after correcting the two gratuitous
It's worth mentioning that reporting via spamcop is free, but it's also
cheap to have a filtered spamcop email address that you can use in news
postings. Works well for me.
Two good options...
1) Install "POPFile" from http://popfile.sourceforge.net/ - This takes
a little work, but is very powerful and can be used for more than just
killing spam if you want.
2) Change to an e-mail provider that uses spam filtering - Many
providers do this as part of the service - it doesn't always stop the
spam getting to you, sometimes they just set an option in the "header"
to say that they consider the message spam (handy if one of your
friends sends you a ligitimate e-mail that looks quite like spam!!)
Register a domain or transfer our domain to clarnet, and use their mail
They have wildcard matching so you can just select what yiu w=ill
Also, never use your real email address
I have things liki=e email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and
these are explicitly ailised to my real name. If one of them gets
troublesome,. I ditch in favor of email@example.com etc and bin
the old one.
Its working reasonably well so far.
Oh - never use your real e-mail addres or oinded a valid one n here
(usenet) its just plain stoopid.
well, I've managed it for years without causing me problems, as ever it
I use different 'from' and 'reply' to' addresses- and have been for a
few years now.
The From addresses get harvested, and I get a fair bit of spam to them.
However the 'Reply to ' addresses rarely get any spam
. So people can still contact me easily if they wish.
If any of the addresses do start to attract to much crap it is an easy
thing just to change the email alias to a new disposable one.
I use a program called Quick Delete. You run it before running your email
program and it gives you a view of what is waiting to be downloaded from
your Pop3 server.
You then delete the stuff you don't want and leave only the emails you want
on the server.
You immediately run the email program and you will find that you only have
the wanted emails sent to your PC.
The program can be obtained from www.yeti-soft.de
No one has suggested Mailwasher so I will.
It's a free prog from
It looks at he mail on your server and lets you see the headers and mark
the ones you don't want for deletion BEFORE the ever get on to your
You can add a couple of simple rules and run a blacklist with one keypress
and it will premark most spam for deletion, you still eyeball the headers
before processing mail.(all spam progs can make mistakes) it will then run
your email prog.
Been around quite a time and I still find it the easiest to use, and mostly
I never even open my email programme as I rarely (sigh) get personal mail
No-one's yet mentioned SpamPal, so I will. www.spampal.org.uk
It works very well in conjunction with Turnpike. I use it to route spam
to a spam mailbox, where it gets deleted en masse after a quick glance
for false positives.
A. Top posters.
Q. What's the most annoying thing on Usenet?
I tried mailwasher for a couple of months. The spam stabilized at about 7 to
8 a day. In the end I gave up and changed my e-mail address...
Is anyone suspicious about the e-mail address in the titles of spam and the
strange character sets in the title and body of spam? Are they used by the
spammers when you spoof non-delivery returns?
True. Stopping *all* of it is difficult, although with SpamAssassin
and derivatives of it, which uses Bayesian filtering, database lookups
of errant spam messages and other techniques, I find that I am
typically getting about a 98% rejection.
I was wondering if there was any encoded information in the apparently
random letters in my spam messages. Would certainly be handy identifying
messages when they are 'bounced' by Mail filtering programs (e.g.
BTW I gave up on Mailwasher. Couldn't get below 6 spams a day. Changed my
e-mail address. Now my children can use my computer again.
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