Friday, March 20, 2009

Spam prevention

My gmail account has proven itself a great ally to keep out unwanted email from spammers. Until recently, that is.

Now I see more spam coming through. Must wonder if the spammers are increasing the number of emails sent. Perhaps the bad economy is prompting people to use any means possible to get a sale. I don't know, but I am getting more spam lately.

Here are a few tips:

1. Do not send a spam email back with "remove" in the subject line or in any other manner. Spammers send out millions of emails at a time. They have no way of knowing which emails are getting through. If you send it back they will know that your email client is not strong enough to block their emails and they are likely to pick up the volume.

2. If you get a message from a list that you did not opt into, don't opt out. The people behind the email do not respect protocols at all. They are, in my book, evil.

3. Some people may contact you saying they will remove your email from spam lists. Don't believe this scam.

4. The best way to complain about spam email is to notify the ISP of the offender. If you don't know how to get the ISP address, use
SpamCop spam-reporting service.

Go to Spamhaus to learn more about preventing spam.

Greg Cryns
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