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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--10/5/00

By ebott ·
Are you inundated with spam? I know I'm not alone in dealing with this plague. My email address has to be public, and I can't change it. So how do I keep from being buried alive in junk email? I'm interested in hearing success stories from TechRepublic members who've tamed the spam monster. How did you do it? Filters? A new email client? Third-party utilities? Share your spam-busting secrets. I'll print the best responses in my next Microsoft Challenge column.

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by dlw6 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Different e-mail clients demand different solutions. I'll describe my various e-mail accounts which must be public, and the ease or difficulty of anti-spamming each.

My HOTMAIL has two features which are pretty good -- Block Sender and Bulk Mail. The Block Sender feature is a "never allow this inDUHvidual to send me mail again" and is quite successful against all spammers except those who can change their e-mail address each time. The Bulk Mail feature screens all e-mail with more than a user-configured number of addressees into a separate folder. This occasionally captures listserver traffic (depending on the sophistication of the listserver) but is otherwise pretty good. The down side of Hotmail is that you have to read it from MSN, there is no forwarding capability.

My permanent e-mail address (a web-based SSL e-mail provided by my employer) has no tools to help me. Therefore I forward that mail to my Exchange mail.

My Exchange mail, which changes for each new job location, has the usual Outlook 9x Rules Wizard for client-side and server-side filters. These are quite useful but don't seem to work on mail forwarded from my permanent address, I can't figure out why.

My Juno mail has no spam-busing capability.But with Juno you get what you pay for.

It is possible, using a combination of DNS lookups and careful reading of message headers, to determine where the spam really came from. I used to write the postmaster for any servers through with the spamwas relayed. However, I have never gotten an answer of any kind from these e-mails and, therefore, don't bother anymore.

The thing I suggest you avoid is responding to the spam in any way. That just verifies to the spammer that his web-bots arereturning good e-mails and you'll probably get more spam in the future.

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by anejako In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I pretty much rely on the Rules Wizard in Outlook to take care of e-mail I don't want. Besides its junk e-mail filters, it also allows you to delete or move messages based on words in the message--it's not always perfect, but it does keep messages about Freelance Graphics out of my mailbox and ones about PowerPoint in.

Furthermore, you can use it to keep jokes out of your inbox by filtering for the words "joke" and "Fw: funny"--this helped protect my group against a virus that ran rampant awhile ago. Plus, joke e-mails are counterproductive anyway!

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I have two email addresses. One of them I use for corresponding by email, and the other is a spamcatcher. I created an account at a free email service (hotmail, etc..) and use this email address whenever a suspect web page asked for an email address. I have the mailbox rules set to delete anything recieved.

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by OriDjinn In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

One thing I do is have an account on an old email system that I don't even use for websites that request an e-mail address that I know will either use or abuse for the purpose of spamming. As well, I am always very cautious when filling out information to make sure and check/uncheck the "I would like to receive e-mails from X company". The third and final thing I do to prevent spamming is to make sure when I get a solicitation from a company, that I either respond to the e-mail to remove me from their mailing, or to select the hyperlinks that e-mails may have at the bottom to have you removed. I don't think that filters are 100% accurate, and I am afraid that I may get an email that might have information that I need to know.

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by seanevans In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I get approximately 20 junk messages a day hitting my Exchange box and they are dumped to a "dead letters" drop if the address is not specifically on the domain. The ones that do get through are handled by the Outlook clients rules. This seems to work well for all but a small fraction of the spam. For spam fighting I use combat.uxn.com and geektools.com. I get great results and even some get replies from offending postmasters.

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