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I really don't want to change it, I like it! PS. I don;t use outlook or anything just Webmail - I am always on the go...
Let me know what you are all thinking about this...
PS. Anyone want a RoLeX GoLd or some V$AG)(ra I got an email today selling both...
I bought the paid version of Eudora to get their spam program but that was a joke. It won't dump my known junk. It will only let me direct it to the trash bin but it puts good mail in there also, that I have set up a filter for, which doesn't work.
I hope, now that Eudora is open source, that someone will write a plug in for spam as I use that program a lot.
While the government and computer firms have pledged to crack down on unwanted e-mails, the spammers are sending more than ever. In the past five months the amount of spam has almost trebled.
Postini detected more than 7 billion spam e-mails worldwide in November, up from 2.5 billion in June and making up 91% of all e-mails. Most big companies have spam filters but employees are still reporting increases as the spammers devise increasingly sophisticated methods to avoid detection.
Very pleasant for a while
But now spam on my remaining addresses has risen 40% in less than a month.
Wonder how many of you are going to long nonsensical strings of numbers and letters like, firstname.lastname@example.org or other such schemes.
I do have Spam Assassin on the server, but for most of my non-personal email addresses I just filter everything via Gmail. It's hard to fault the Google spam filter, and non-spam is forwared automatically to my primary address leaving Google to store the spam. As far as I know (you can't check them all, not even read the subject lines when you have 1000+ a day) I haven't had a false positive since I started filtering in this way.
I don't feel that I can trust Google with handling my personal email, but I get virtually no spam for my private address and I keep the distribution of that address as limited as possible.
I haven't had a false positive since I started filtering in this way.
How do you know?
Well, I can't be sure at 100%, but what's the alternative? The 1153 emails were the overnight ones (10pm to 6am). I get even more during the day, 2-3000 on average. The Gmail-filtered email addresses are "public" email addresses on websites or listed in whois.
I'm lucky, some people get ten times what I get. Losing some ham from badly-configured or blacklisted servers is the price that has to be paid to make email usable these days.
The number of "spam" messages has tripled since June and now accounts for as many as nine out of 10 e-mails sent worldwide, according to U.S. email security company Postini.
His company has detected 7 billion spam e-mails worldwide in November compared to 2.5 billion in June. Spam in Britain has risen by 50 percent in the last two months alone, according to Internet security company SurfControl.
That cuts out 90%
Then I have BitDefender AntiSpam on my PC, used in conjunction with Outlook express, which puts 90% of the rest into my deleted folder. I now get 10-15 a day in my inbox and this is dropping daily as BD learns. It's catching the "xx wrote" and the stock tips ones.
But as someone else said, we shouldn't be having to jump through these hoops.
My solution? Go hard and tough against 100% confirmed spammers in whatever country they operate from. Get some international agreements together and get some people behind bars. You'd only need to do it for a few months before the message got out. Get 30 of the worst offenders doing 15-20 year stretches and e-mail would be cleaned up by Valentine's Day.
I fear we will be on pay-solutions within 2 years. :(
The most commonly used email subject lines this week were: 1) Please finalise. 2) Thank you for request. 3) Christmas Special! 4) Dating, 15 new messages for you, Olga. 5) News. (Source: McAfee).
Experts say the rise in spam is largely due to one malicious computer programme or worm called "Stration". This hijacks home computers and makes them send out emails.
Criminal gangs using hijacked computers are behind a surge in unwanted emails peddling sex, drugs and stock tips in Britain.
The number of spam messages has tripled since June and now accounts for as many as nine out of 10 emails sent worldwide, according to US email security company Postini.
As Christmas approaches, the daily trawl through in-boxes clogged with offers of fake Viagra, loans and sex aids is tipped to take even longer.
"Email systems are overloaded or melting down trying to keep up with all the spam," said Dan Druker, a vice president at Postini.
His company has detected seven billion spam emails worldwide in November compared with 2.5 billion in June. Spam in Britain has risen by 50 percent in the last two months alone, according to internet security company SurfControl.
Criminal gangs causing UK spam surge