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Anti Spam Scheme

I would like to know how people get rid of spam annoyances once and for all. I have tried various combinations of having several mail addresses with redirections, but I always seem to gather spam after some time (probably from careless use of forums).

I would be interested to know how you deal with what I think is now a serious issue. I'm aware of mailinator but I would be interested in whole schemes that just work.

What are the keys to sucessfully avoid spam over the years, and still being able to communicate !

Cheers.

Maxime Labelle
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I host my own mail server, and create accounts for special purposes.  i.e. homebuyer@mydomain.com for when I was looking for a house.  That way if anyone decides to sell my account off to some spam list, I will just discontinue that address.  This also adds traceablity to the sellouts.  Then for my real address which I keep well guarded, it helps to not have a dictionary serachable address.  I realize this won't work for everyone, but it's worked well for me.

Elephant
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/

Myron A. Semack
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I've been using K9 for a month or two and it's settling down nicely now.

See http://www.keir.net/k9.html

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

http://www.spamgourmet.com does exactly the same thing except you don't need to run your own server.  You just set up a (completely free - they reckon that it costs them virtually nothing to run) account with them which redirects to your real email address.  Once you've done that you hardly ever need to visit their site again.  When you want to give a company your email address, just make one up on the spot of the form <<anything_you_like>>.<<number_of_emails>>.<<your_account_name>>@spamgourmet.com  eg:- joelOnSoftware.5.myaccount@spamgourmet.com would only receive 5 emails and then anything else is chucked away.  There are loads of other features as well, but that's the most basic (and useful) one.  Then you can give out your email address without worrying about spam... and if you do get any, you know where it came from and you can give them a good flaming  ;-)

R1ch
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

"except you don't need to run your own server"

Instead you need to worry that someone might get bored of their pro bono enterprise, and suddenly all of the email addresses that you've given out are now useless. I would never use such a service humorously unless I was paying and they seemed to have a competent business model.

Dennis Forbes
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I just don't give anyone my email addres. Seems to work so far.


Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Rich: what keeps people from sending e-mail to joelOnSoftware.7611753.myaccount@spamgourmet.com instead of joelOnSoftware.5.myaccount@spamgourmet.com?

Klodd the Insensitive
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Dennis: excellent point. Ideally, ISPs should offer this kind of service.

Klodd the Insensitive
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

By the way: I use the "Mark as Junk" feature in Mozilla. It doesn't save me the bandwidth, but my folders are effortlessly clean now. After a week or so of training, I get virtually no false positives or false negatives.

Klodd the Insensitive
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

People who make four posts in a row are seriously disturbed, I tells ya.

Klodd the Insensitive
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Dennis:-  Read the last 3 questions in the FAQ: http://www.spamgourmet.com/disposableemail.pl?printpage=faq.html  Of course, nothing is for certain, but it seems fairly unlikely.

Klodd:- the number is limited to 20 unless you go in and explicitly up it using the web admin stuff.  Also, the spammers would have to know about spamgourmet and how it works - the number of people using it is probably too small to make it worth the hassle, and there are plenty of other domain names linked to the service (eq neverbox.com).  You can also use a letter instead of a number to disguise it further, or use a watchword... the FAQ probably explains it a lot better than I can.

Anyway... I've been using the service for I dunno how long (a couple of years, maybe?) and no problems so far.  As I've said before on this board - I even cancelled my car insurance because they sold the spamgourmet email address that I gave them to spammers.

R1ch
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Oh, and the 'Really, how does this site make money?' bit is worth reading too.

R1ch
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Spambayes works for me perfectly as well. At least so far.

martydud
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

If you like spamgourmet, but would rather have your ISP providing the service, contact your ISP and tell them to set it up -- the code is open source.

---
Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Thanks to all.

That seems a lot of information worth having a look at for a starter.

Cheers.

Maxime Labelle
Thursday, November 13, 2003

My mother simply deletes without reading all mails that are in english (or the subject is). 99.9% of all spam is in English. This strategy might not work for everybody, though... ;)

Tero
Friday, November 14, 2003

I used the spambayes plug-in for Outlook 2000 but it appeared to freeze the machine. Anyone successfully using it with Outlook?

Stephen Jones
Sunday, November 16, 2003

try Mailwasher Pro from www.firebreach.com
it's a fairly new software but its the best i've seen out there.  it also contains a lot of handy features that effectively and easily gets rid of spam.  i particularly like the "bounce" feature.    check out the website and you can also try it free for 30 days.

johnny14
Sunday, April 04, 2004

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