SORBS (Spam and Open-Relay Blocking
System) - We're all getting so paranoid about Spam, and rightfully
so, we're going to such extremes as to consider whether we literally
block ALL users vs. Allowing Spam. We have other options to consider. If
Your Email has been Blocked, by a Domain Mail Server for whatever
reason, check your Server Reply Message Rejection Notice with Headers
turned ON. And see IF you're (SMTP) Mail Server is being Blocked. We
recently found both EarthLink.Net & Comcast.Net Mail Servers being
Blocked by SORBS. Check SORBS for your best course of action.
The Spamhaus Project -
Blocking just an IP does not always solve the problem. IPs can be
spoofed and Spammers will also change PC's, IP's & Service Providers for
that very reason. Keep your PC safe with proper, up to date AntiVirus &
Anti-Phishing Tools! And always think 3 times before clicking on a link
sent to you, by anyone, no matter how innocent things may appear!
Abuse.net Home Page: "...if you
can identify the origin of an unwanted message, abuse.net can help you
get your complaint to the right place."
SPAM - Comes to us in 4 ways.
We ask for it -
'click here', we receive it by friend or foe 'forwarded' - Or we say No to
it 'I'm with Stupid!' and get more of it! Or they find us through
'Dictionary Attacks'! As an ongoing project based on our weekly
discussions, we'll enlist your help to learn and understand our rights to
eradicate it. SPAM often breeds like rats so maybe we need a better
mousetrap? Stopping SPAM is only a small part of a bigger problem along
with Mail Relaying & Viruses.
to a Spam message. Replying only indicates to the Spammer your e-mail
address is valid and can be used for more Spam.
Be very careful about submitting your e-mail
address to any website. Make sure you read the disclaimer and any
other small print before submitting your e-mail address.
O'Reilly & Associates had an
interesting book on Stopping
Spam well worth your time especially for the price below. October
1998, this book is out of print - so... The best deal on this book may be
found @ 75% Off Books - New Books -
Nothing Over $5. They have a store in Houston, TX on Westheimer
near the Health Food Store @ Wilcrest. ...IF wtill in business. Their old
website points to someone else now.
Or a more serious approach which may be
beyond most users: Stopping
Unsolicited Commercial Email. Choice number 3, the
message user agent - Your Email Program! Yes, create those filters
or use a different email address if you think you might have to use it
risking SPAM instead of your main email address. Lots of places provide
ways for alternative temporary email addresses.
K.I.S.S. Filters - Create a filter based
on content (Containing) and not the offending email address (From). The
content will remain the same however the SPAM email address will change
rapidly with each new SPAM broadcast! Go a little further and read this
informative article: Stopping
SPAM - How do spammers get my email address.
You can also read your mail headers (In
Netscape: View, Headers, ALL) and figure from a WhoIs
Search who is coming from where and use their offending IP netblocks
for filtering if you're using a Router. As our BuildOrBuy
Members continue to update us on what works for them, we'll do so by
sharing here too with you! Users might also want to check their PC's with Gibson
Research Tools or use the LavaSoft
Ad-aware application to remove any offending SpyWare which also might
be causing you SPAM grief. Steve Gibson has a great new tool for the Universal
Plug and Play Network Support in Windows. See: UnPlug
n' Pray - Disable the Dangerous UPnP Internet Server. Some Users have
found Success using PestPatrol or
Mail Washer to kill Spam before
it gets through to the Desktop.
Don't ask for it! And what List did
you sign up for to receive? And what email address did you use?
Don't use MSN or LookOut, oops, I mean
OutLook. You'll get more than you asked
for in Viruses. Yes Outlook is good and easy to use but Viruses are
bad and also find it very easy to use. Now what part of that do you
If you Reply to SPAM, to NOT receive
SPAM, you have just verified you're a Target for more SPAM by
verifying you email address is valid!
When someone sends you something
warning you of impending doom and tell you to tell all of your friends
or they tell you to delete some file on your PC, verify the real
source before you start crying like Chicken Little about the 'Sky Is
Falling'. Your friends will thank you later. This also includes Urban
Legends. Enjoy! GB
Rainbow Innovations - Mail Snoop Pro: "If an email is found to be
spam, it will be archived for future reference and deleted from the
server, alternatively it can be "bounced" back to the sender or used to
generate an automatic complaint to the senders ISP." (3/5/2004).
ads prompt 'spam rage' CNET News.com: "In other cases,
Internet vigilantes have bombarded spammers with both unsolicited
e-mail and regular mail and phone calls, launched attacks on spammers'
computers and posted spammers' personal information on the Internet,
according to reports." (11/25/2003)
Jerry Lee has a friend who says he found a
really great SPAM Mail Filter, it's called Matador
from MailFrontier. Works with Outlook
& Outlook Express. Jerry Lee said, "Not certain yet if it
will work with Hotmail or Yahoo Account either for that matter."
The links below are taken
from our weekly BuildOrBuy News Briefs:
Resistance Is Futile! TheRemoveList.org
- Gone! (11/25/2003) Designed to completely remove your email address from
the databases of hundreds of bulk email providers. To be removed you must
submit your email address (12/18/01).