How come Yahoo contains spam and hotmail does not?
Its really puzzling. Yahoo Mail seems to have zero or near zero spam. Its months and months since i received a single spam.
Just to confirm, are you absolutely sure you have not posted your email address publicly or in an online form?
Clearly, MSN either sells adresses or publishes them in a directory somewhere but I haven't been able to find any option to prevent/delete this option.
Just an observation, "Contains". Was misled initially.
I've set up two hotmail accounts, and within a day its getting spam. On the other hand my Yahoo account went for a very long time spam-free, but then one day WHAMMO tons of spam. And from that day forth, SPAM-O-RAMA!
>>"Clearly, MSN either sells adresses or publishes them in a directory somewhere "
Joe on Software (Joe)
I thought it was simply that Yahoo's spam filter is a lot better than Hotmail's. I receive around 10-20 spam every day to my Yahoo account, but the filter dumps it right into the bulk folder and all I have to do is click "empty" whenever I check it. I've had the same Yahoo address for two years now, and use it everywhere I have to submit an email address.
Yahoo offers spam filtering, but it's still a hassle.
Yahoo has a better spam filter.
Myron A. Semack
I've got a hotmail account and have had it for several years. Zero spam.
Check out the boxes with default ticks the next time you fill in an application for a new Hotmail address.
Hotmail had a big update recently and it seems like the spam filter is now MUCH better. For example, yesterday I received 21 spam emails to my Hotmail account -- twenty went to the junk folder, one made it to the inbox. I use my Hotmail account as my random 'public' email account but it looks like these mostly came from dictionary attacks (judging from the lists of similiar addresses in the To fields).
Lip service. Notice how Microsoft has all these elaborate plans to end spam. Yet Hotmail users get a mailbox full of spam and Yahoo users don't.
I also notice the same difference. Yahoo's spam filter seems to work better by default. I also think it's more elaborate since it allows human input and tuning ("this is spam" this is not spam") and its interface is not so bloated that you would be afraid to check your spam folder for false positives
My Hotmail account has never had a single spam message, and I just logged into my Yahoo account for the first time in three weeks and there were half-a-dozen spam messages. I don't use the spam filter in either. I can only presume that dictionary attacks are responsible for the occasional yahoo spam.
"Perhaps the dictionary 'attack' is valid as you'd never ever find my surname in anyone's dictionary, even a dictionary of names!"
Just out of curiosity, I created a new Hotmail account this afternoon. The username was greated through a random password generator (24 random alphanumeric characters) so it's completely immune from a dictionary attack.
How funny would it be for the next 1000 readers of this thread to forward their latest penis-enlargement email to Mr. Jacobson here? ;-)
whats spam ,dont know the stuff !. I know how i stopped it but i am not telling anyone. But one step is to start blocking the origanating e mail see how long that last befor a random generator takes that e mail off there list time is money random generaton takes a lot of power the greater the alfa numeric the greater the mathamatical permutation. Second step stop spyware use, stop downloading crap !, read discloseures and use common sence nothing is free !.
I had to move away from my Juno (yes, Juno) account because of the spam. 30-40 a day, mostly non-English (I think Korean) spam. There were two things that made this unbearable:
I've had a hotmail account for about six months. I haven't used it that much other than to get info from monster and dice and the occasional personal email.
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