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How to Stop Spam

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How to Stop Spam

My mailbox seems to fill daily with an endless stream of spam. I haven't asked for this garbage, and can't get rid of it. I have tried using block sender in outlook etc, but it's a bit like pissing in the wind.

Most of the spam is of the porn variety (dogs, sheep dildos etc) and its really getting annoying, I only have 56k, so each day I have to download loads of this rubbish before I get to my real emails.

Isn't there some way that Plusnet can sort out some sort of filtering so we don't have suffer this. I have a webmail account with Yahoo that lets you report mails to them as Spam, some sort of spamguard program i think. Do Plusnet do something similar?
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peak1
Grafter
Posts: 29
Registered: 30-07-2007

RE: How to Stop Spam

I use MailWasher to filter the spam. This allows you to prefilter your email before you download it. It has filters in it to detect spam and allow you to bounce it back to the sender as User Unknown.

Go to http://www.mailwasher.net/ for more info. Best if all it is free although a payment if you keep using it is appreciated.

Mark
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Registered: 10-04-2007

RE: How to Stop Spam

> I use MailWasher to filter the spam. This allows you to prefilter your email before you download it. It has filters in it to detect spam and allow you to bounce it back to the sender as User Unknown.
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> Go to http://www.mailwasher.net/ for more info. Best if all it is free although a payment if you keep using it is appreciated.
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> Mark

Yep I will second the suggestion for "Mailwasher" not only do you get to see what the mail is before you download it, but also I have not had a single virus reach my machine since I started using it. I put this down to the fact that I only download the mail that I know is meant for me from known sources.
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RE: How to Stop Spam

Plusnet DO provide SPAM filtering (and antivirus filtering). It costs £2.50+VAT per user/domain (ie. one plusnet customer with unlimited email aliases).
They also offer protection of FIVE usernames for a fiver (perhaps five of you form a little co-operative to save a bit of money?!).

To get this service go to "Services" in the portal.
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RE: How to Stop Spam

Please *don't* do this. The return address is always forged and often those nice spammers put some innocent person's email address in there instead - and they then get slammed with a shedload of abusive email.

>... It ... allows you to bounce it back to the
>sender as User Unknown.
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> Go to http://www.mailwasher.net/ for more info.
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> Mark

peak1
Grafter
Posts: 29
Registered: 30-07-2007

RE: How to Stop Spam

> Please *don't* do this. The return address is always forged and often those nice spammers put some innocent person's email address in there instead - and they then get slammed with a shedload of abusive email.

I agree that returning abusive email does not do any good and simply confirms that the email address is active. However, MailWasher simply returns a standard "User unknown" error message. At the very least this will alert the person who's credentials have been forged to a problem.

Personally, I would rather know that someone has been forging my email address for spamming purposes instead of being in complete ignorance and then only receiving abusive emails. Also, some spammers don't forge the email address and I have stopped several spam sources using this product and so I continue to recommend it.