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I've never analyzed it, but well over 90% of my e-mail is spam.
I know exactly how much of my email is spam, 84%. I use choicemail.
I am amazed that you guys dont use an ISP that filters robot generated traffic.
NEVER let your ISP filter you email. You have no idea what they are doing to your mail! Its like letting your big brother 'hold' your money for you!
Best way to stop spam is to use a shared database of known offenders coupled with some intelligent rules
NO WAY! You have no idea as to the quality of these databases, and as you might have read in the news, they are a prime target of DDOS attacks and more, as spammers are hiring coders to target them!
Personally, I use software (I can sticky you a URL) that sits inbetween my email program (pegasus email) and server. I NEVER have to see ANY spam. The software is on MY computer, so its not on some site in BogoBogo, Nowhereland. And most important, it works. I get emails from mom, and I don't get email from spammers.
p.s. Side note: I'm one of those who HATE html emails. I never see those either as pegasus shows me only the text portions (since I selected that in preferences). Leave the HTML for the web, and if you must use it, why not send a text message with a link to your fancy html so your users/friends/relatives have a CHOICE? Nothing worse than stuffing a ton of unwanted graphics and links down someones throat. Save the bandwidth, and your loved-ones time, for important things.
I am looking forward to the next version of Outlook
I've been using it for a few months. You can turn off web images. It then shows you the formatted mail but without any images that link back to the web. If it then looks like something you are interested in, you can click to download the images.
Between Outlook 11's built in spam filter and In Boxer, I rarely have a spam message of any type appear in my inbox.
Fortunately, nearly all of the spam e-mails end up in my "Deleted Items" folder by the time they've been through my ISP's SpamAssassin, my local JunkSpy installation, and Outlook Rules. It's a nuisance to scan the deleted-item headers to rescue the false positives, but at least I don't have to delete a lot of items manually from my inbox.
The problem comes when I'm traveling. I was on a ship last week that charged 95 cents a minute for the use of its Internet terminals, and it was just too expensive to wade through my ISP's Webmail interface in search of legitimate e-mails amid the flood of spam. So, in the future, I'm going to create Outlook rules that forward e-mails from handpicked senders to a new, secret e-mail account that I'll access via Webmail. All other e-mails can gather dust until I get home or have time to scan message headers in a cheap Internet café.