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Avoiding Spam

I managed to salvage this info from an autoresponder at the old antispam.org site before it changed hands on 4th March '98. Because of this, I couldn't ask permission to reproduce it, but I'm sure they'd be happy to see it live on.


Why Is Spam A Problem ?

If you have been online for more than a day you will already know how annoying it is to check your mail and find a list of commercial messages that are quite frankly of no interest to you. Most of them are for get rich schemes and chain emails designed to make someone at the end of the Spam some easy cash. While these are certainly annoying they are not the real problem, the true abuse lies with the pornographic spams sent by the millions to un-targeted email address. The problem becomes even more serious when these messages fall into the hands of children !

Where Do They Get My Email Address:

There are various ways of collecting email addresses but none as easy as the newgroups. The newsgroups are a fountain of information and make up a very valuable part of the Internet. However, every day spammers use software to strip thousands of email addresses out of the posted articles in the newsgroups. There is a simple and very effective way to stop your address being abused:

If your real email address is joe.bloggs@aol.com, simply set your newsgroup client/software up so that 'FROM' and 'REPLY TO' fields are something like this joe.bloggs@NOSPAM.aol.com. This works so well because spammers don't check each address and will simply send their mail to a large list of harvested addresses. However, if they attempt to send a spam to your altered email address it will simply bounce. You will never see their message and they will have to pay to download the delivery failure report. Obviously by altering your email address in this way makes it unusable to genuine people on line, so simply add a signature to your newsgroup posts explaining that the 'NOSPAM' part must be removed.

By adopting this simple method you will slash the amount of spam you receive by a massive amount. Other tips include using one of the free email forwarding accounts, some of which come with free spam protection. (Eg. www.bigfoot.com, and www.hotmail.com)

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AntiSpam Software

There are now many spam protection programs available, they work in two formats. Some are designed to generate multiple complaints and other delete spam before it even gets to you

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