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Lovejoy




msg:394914
 8:10 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Anyone else up to their ears in spam? Well after receiving a slew of ".Gif spams" this month,ten years of battling spam setting filters, downloading the latest antispam software and constant vigilence I've had enough.

Today I set my filters the opposite of what I have been, from "if the #*$!x contains" to "if the subject doesn't contain". So if the subject isn't directly related to ten products I sell , or from my affiliates it's off to the trash and be damned......

 

JollyK




msg:394915
 8:16 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

I did that on one of my domains. There's only one email address (other than postmaster) that accepts mail, and that is the one that is used by my web contact form. I change it periodically.

All other emails bounce with "Sorry, due to spam, this address is blocked. Please use [my_domain...] to contact us."

That way, legitimate people will at least have the contact method if they still want to contact me.

And yes, I may lose some people because of it, but it was just getting out of hand.

(It still is out of hand on some of my other domains.)

JK

Rosalind




msg:394916
 10:42 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

It is out of control on some email addresses, to the extent that I have had to delete a handful and just create new ones. I guess the shelf-life of an email address is getting much shorter, no matter how careful you are with it. All you have to do is mail someone who later opens a virus, and that's it.

I can't imagine putting a mailto: up on a website now, and it amazes me that so many people are still doing this.

joaquin112




msg:394917
 10:55 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

The safest way is with the use of a form to redirect e-mail to a secure-never-before-used e-mail. That works 100% of the time.

Lovejoy




msg:394918
 2:19 am on May 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just an update, the changes worked the spam is back in the can, even the GIF spam. I did have a few legitimate
mails get sent to trash, but they were regarding a couple of products I'd forgotten to list. So far so good.

MichaelBluejay




msg:394919
 11:14 am on May 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Another way to do it is to set up a .procmail filter that trashes any mail that comes in with a .gif attachment (or that auto-responds to the sender telling them you don't accept messages with attachements, and why). Me, I allow GIF's but not .pif, .exe, .cmd, or .zip.

stapel




msg:394920
 12:06 am on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

How do you define "up to your ears in spam"? My highest volume was about 150K messages in one twenty-four-hour period....

Eliz.

Lovejoy




msg:394921
 2:00 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi Eliz,

It's not so much the numbers, it's the percentage of spam vs legitimate mail. In my case it's now running 90% spam, 10% legitimate business mail.

stapel




msg:394922
 4:24 pm on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Lovejoy said: ...it's now running 90% spam, 10% legitimate business mail.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Eliz.

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