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By California Dead Head ·
How do you stop SPAM for you company? I have W2000 exchange on a w2000 network with about 200 mailboxes. What would you recommend to filter SPAM? Software, Hardware Filter, Gateway server. What is good and what is bad? How does your company do it??

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by shmaltz In reply to SPAM how do you stop it

There is a lot of ways to block spam, depends how creative you are interested in being. I use RBLs and they have been very effictive.
To use RBL out of the box you need Exchange 2003, some 3rd parties have it as a plug in. The advantage of RBL is that you can refuse the connection and not only tag/quarantine it (some see this as a disadvantage).
Other options rely on using keywords and content filtering which depending who you talk to, might or might not be effictive. To use hardware simply means that you have a box dedicated to filter SMTP and maybe other protocols. Unlike a firewall, I don't see any reason why one would go with hardware, when clearly you will have much more option when using software. You could however do both by taking one machine and dedicate it as the exposed SMTP host to the Internet and install whatever filtering on there that you like/want.
MS also released IMF (internet message filtering) which is suppose to stop spam (havn't tried it yet) but one must have a SA agreement with MS to be able to use it.

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In most cases the Anti Virus solution you have for Exchange also offer something for SPAM.

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by BudTheGrey In reply to SPAM how do you stop it

The best answer is almost always to put an anti-spam gateway ahead of the mail server (that is, between the mail server and the internet). There is a free one that many people speak highly of called IMGate that can be downloaded at http://imgate.meiway.com. Although documented for a mail server called iMail, I don't see why you couldn't front-end exchange with it.

The local microsoft shop speaks highly of XWall (http://www.dataenter.co.at/products/xwall.htm). Not terribly expensive at < $500.00

I'm sure there are others as well.

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by Houston_texan2002 In reply to SPAM how do you stop it

I use Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange It works ok for me. Go to the following site for more info.

http://www.pugh.co.uk/Products/symantec/Mail%20Security_for_MSExchange.htm

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by dmiles In reply to SPAM how do you stop it

1. Be private. Do not give out your email address in the first place.

2. You can also set up a fake email address at such places as hotmail.com or yahoo.com; these email accounts are free.

3. Look for options to opt out of receiving promotional mailings when you have to give your address.

4. Preview all email by reading their subject lines before opening the mail. If you're using an email program, such as Outlook, use the "View" menu to set the "Layout" to show only the subject lines, so you can select what you want to delete without opening the mail. Treat every email you preview as being of a suspicious nature. Many harmless-looking emails with attachments may contain viruses. Many people succumbed to the "I love you" email that contained a virus.


6. When forwarding emails to groups of people, send them via the BCC field; this shields their address from others. Ask others to send emails to you this way, too.

7. Use the filters function, if your email program or service provides them, to filter out unwanted emails that do or do not meet certain criteria.

8. Keep your name off mailing lists, chat rooms and newsgroups by not giving out your correct address in the first place.


14. You can complain to the spammers internet service provider by sending an email to abuse@ [the domain] or postmaster@ [the domain].


16. Don't submit your address to Opt-out or removal lists, as these are a hoax and you will end up getting more spam.

17. Be sure to have antivirus software installed on your computer. While you may be able to recognize an email with a strange attachment without opening it, a picture or Word document may harbor also a virus. (See "Protect Your Computer from Viruses & Spies")

18. Use Mail Washer to delete any unwanted emails directly off your Internet service provider's server before you receive them into your computer.

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