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SPAM

From: Rod Aries

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Issue #1741 - May 22, 2003

Spam
~ Rod Aries

I have gone from a sprinkling of spam, to a drizzle, to a torrent of spam. Having had my primary domain since 1997, and still using my rod@howtointernet.com email, spiders, spammers and whois harvester's have had lots of opportunities to get my email address, which they have. Over the past few years I have amassed over 5,000 domains, so I offer a lot of avenues for spammers to find me. This is how I handle spam... 

Any one of these will make a significant dent is spam, I happen to use all four, in sequence.

A year and a half ago, according to my built-in statistics via  Eudora (I use Eudora has many of the viruses are written to attack  Outlook), I was receiving about 400 emails a day, with much of it  spam, then at the first of the year my email was approaching 700 a  day, with even a higher percentage of spam, so this is what I did, and now my inbox has just the email I was meant to read... like your newsletter :0 In a nutshell, I control spam by using a specific @mydomain.com name to receive email, by using spam software on my server, by picking  spam off from the server before it reaches my email reader and  finally by spam software and filers on my email reader. 

SPAM CONTROL VIA DOMAIN NAME
1. I bought a domain and host it at www.pair.com ($5/m) I set the email to receive all variations of email, ie isales@mydomain.com
dude@mydomain.com , anything@mydomain.com etc

2. When I subscribe or order anything online I make the user the name of what I subscribed to or purchased ie: amazon@mydomain.com, walmart@mydomain.com, isurfing@mydomain.com then I set my filters so that anything at @mydomain.com goes into a specific folder call  "mydomain." So I simply review the "mydomain" folder and act on  those items, most of which are emails I want to see.

3. If I see that something I signed up for starts selling my  specific email address, ie myfreestuff@mydomain.com I just set up  another filter so all myfreestuff@mydomain.com goes to trash

SPAM CONTROL VIA SERVER
I have 11 main pop account email addresses
1. Pair.com, as many other hosts, has instituted spam fighting  software. I have it automatically insert the phrase **JUNK** in the  subject line, before the senders actual subject, if the junk filters  predicts it will be spam.

2. I set up a filter that looks for **JUNK** and puts that in a Junk  folder, then I quickly review that folder before deleting. If an  email get labeled **JUNK** and it really isn't, I easily can go to the pair.com control panel and add the email address it came from and tell it not to insert **JUNK** in the subject

3. A tip... When reviewing a Junk folder sort the subject by alphabetical order, you can review just the subject lines, as many times the same subject line is used by several senders, and it speeds the review. Also if you sort by subject you never have to open the email - just look at the topic and delete.

SPAM CONTROL VIA PC-BASED SOFTWARE
1. I bought Mcafee spamkiller and installed it on my computer, I have it poll all 11 pop accounts EVERY 3 MINUTES and it grabs spam, but leaves "good" email on the email servers.

2. I have my Eudora email poll all 11 pop accounts EVERY 10 MINUTES, in this way 99% of the spam is picked off by Mcafee spamkiller, before it reaches my email reader.

3. I found Mcafee spamkiller at ebay for $5 and I have seen it for "free" after software rebates at various retailers.

SPAM CONTROL VIA EMAIL SOFTWARE
1. I use Eudora and bought an add-on called Spamnix to do the final cleaning of the spam. It has one touch filter to add/delete sender or subject or domain to my filters.

RESULT
99% of all spam never gets into my inbox, and if it does, I add a filter, and if something gets kicked out for spam that shouldn't be, I add a filter to allow it to pass through all the above.

ONE MORE THING
Some people initially have said that it seems like a lot of work, it really wasn't, but there is some work involved, I spent maybe 3-5 hours setting up all the above for my numerous accounts. And I now spend 10 minutes a week, adjusting filters.

And I now save at least 3-5 hours a week in no longer having to review so much spam in my inbox, it has been a great return on investment, let alone a return on sanity and annoyance level.

Let it rain spam... it now doesn't matter how much I receive, as my software controls the floods.

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