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Pat Hammond of MRE mag has been on holiday for one week and has returned to find 1100 emails in his inbox of which 1000 were spam.

Has anybody any advice for Pat and anybody else in a similar predicament?

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QUOTE (Gary @ 2 Oct 2007, 16:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Pat Hammond of MRE mag has been on holiday for one week and has returned to find 1100 emails in his inbox of which 1000 were spam.

Has anybody any advice for Pat and anybody else in a similar predicament?

Happy modelling
Gary

Apart from being very, very careful about leaving your e-mail address in "clear" on the www in future the only advise I can give is to use Morzilla Thunderbird for your e-mail. We had the same problem, getting some 3/400 spams a day, until our local geek installed Morzilla Thunderbird (it's free) - takes it a little while, but it "learns" what you want & what you don't want.

The odd spam that gets through, once marked as spam by you appears to go to a central database which is then shared by other users.

One or two genuine e-mails probably don't make it but you have to decide on a ballance. Our "freebies" yahoo address does not seem to suffer from much spam at all.

Hope this helps.
 

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SPAM FRITTERS ARE NICE.....the missus says there's a spam fritter on the computer.....I've yet to find it...can't smell burning either........
 

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I get about 100 spam emails a week but the vast majority are so obvious that I delete them without opening them it is very difficult to not attract spam if you surf the net I have a second email address that is hardly used at all except as a registration address with my ISP and that never gets spammed except by my isp !
 

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I would like to add:

Be very wary of which websites you give your email address to!! I signed up to imageshack to host some pictures for an eBay auction - the next day the spam started!! Normally I have two email addresses - one I communicate with and the other that gets all my account/user/website registrations, and all the spam too. This second address can then be changed very easily every year to reset the spam levels, while my 'real' email account is unsullied by such rubbish. Except in this case, I signed up with the wrong one...and suddenly noticed I was getting spam in my real account!

Beware imageshack give your email address to spammers! Just like thousands of other websites...


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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 2 Oct 2007, 23:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Like Goedel my spam problem started when I signed up to Photobucket. I now get 15 -20 a day.

To be quite honest I never thought of that - makes it a good reason to use a "disposable" e-mail address for these sort of sites - still, it proves the point that there is "nothing for nothing" - these sites have to be paid for somehow & flogging e-mail address's to lowlife spammers is one way.
 

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1000 in a week is not that much for someone running web services. I get 4 to 5 times that amount.

We have spam filters on the server, SpamAssasin http://spamassassin.apache.org/ That takes care of most of the known spam and the ones sent to non assigned domain name aliases.

Then on my local PC, I use Mozilla Thunderbird. This enables me to install special anti-spam filters. I use Spamato which is quite good. The 300 spams a day that get through from the server are knocked out by that set of filters.

At the end of the day, I may loose a few emails, but those are from guys who unfortunately make their massage look like spam. I check my local Spam bin from time to time and pull out a good email every now and then. I then adjust the filters accordingly. I don't get any spam in my inbox any more though.


You have to be very proactive these days.

If you want your email to get through to me, please don't tell me how well your Viagra is doing in the same email.
 

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We all get spam. I just think Pat is a little unlucky to have a spam ratio of 10 out of 11 emails.

Mines about 8 out of 10...


It drops off considerably when I stop using eBay.

The trouble with Godzilla or whatever it is is that many utilities only work with Outlook.

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QUOTE (Gary @ 3 Oct 2007, 20:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The trouble with Godzilla or whatever it is is that many utilities only work with Outlook.

Happy modelling
Gary

Hmmmmm....... not found any problems using it yet myself - so far it is proving very good for us.
 
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