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Spam defence

shermans
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Spam defence

I have heard that everyone is experiencing a dramatic increase in Spam and wondered whether that is universally correct ? Despite using spam filters and every tool posible, I am under heavy attack - 40-50 per day (many tagged as spam by PN). Before I take drastic action, is this level exceptional or fairly typical at present ?

My problem is that I have my own domain, and therefore I am an easy target as anything addressed to anyone@mydomain.co.uk will get through. One way to deal with the problem is to limit my acceptable addresses, which will be inconvenient but before I do that, it would help to know other people's current experience. If creating further inconvenience to myself is only going to be short-lived before it starts again, there is not much point in doing it.

For that reason I am adding a poll so that everyone can share experiences.
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holdtight
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Spam defence

Although im not getting as many as you i have seen a big increase in spam coming through my mailbox recently and i would say in my case its gone from about 5 to 15 a day to over 20 to 35+ in the last month alone and is increasing so yes it probably is fairly typical at present, ive also seen many others complaining about the recent increase on various forums

I turned the plusnet spam filter of as i found it to be a bit of a nuisance at the time (6 months ago) and now use spamihilator which seems to work quite well but takes a little time before its learning filter has really kicked in as you need to train it but it now catches all bar three or four a day usually so is not bad at all



Bill.
shermans
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Yes, the problem is really that, while the various filters can catch the spam, nevertheless sometimes innocent email gets caught inadvertently as well, and so I have to check briefly even the sender / subject of spam tagged mail. Before, it did not matter, because the spam filter would reject the mail and send a notification of rejection to the sender, who would then realise there was a problem, but these days I get probably a dozen bogus "delivery failure" noticces per day where someone has hi-jacked my address and used it as the sender's address, that I don't take any notice of read failure noties any more and doubt if anyone else does.

One thing I do recommend - I have a Tiscali.co.uk email address as a dumping ground. Whenever I give my email address to a stranger - for instance when buying on-line - I use the Tiscali address which I only ever look at if I am expecting something like a buying invoice or confirmation etc. That way, I am not broadcasting my real email address to anyone else, because they can send as much garbage as they like to Tiscali, and I just go in and delete the lot once a month without looking !
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Spam defence

How about an option of zero. From memory I believe that I have not received one spam email in the last 3 years.
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I have heard that everyone is experiencing a dramatic increase in Spam and wondered whether that is universally correct ? Despite using spam filters and every tool posible, I am under heavy attack - 40-50 per day (many tagged as spam by PN). Before I take drastic action, is this level exceptional or fairly typical at present ?

My problem is that I have my own domain, and therefore I am an easy target as anything addressed to anyone@mydomain.co.uk will get through. One way to deal with the problem is to limit my acceptable addresses, which will be inconvenient but before I do that, it would help to know other people's current experience. If creating further inconvenience to myself is only going to be short-lived before it starts again, there is not much point in doing it.

For that reason I am adding a poll so that everyone can share experiences.



I get around this by running my own mail server adding about 3 dnsbl's and using spamassasin it reduces mine to a more suitable level to less than 10 a day with no false positives.
shermans
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I am concerned to see that more than a third of respondents are receiving more than 50 spams per day. It is alarming. It would however be nice if there were a few more voters to get the real picture. Only 20% of those who have read the thread have actualyl taken the trouble to vote.

If spam continues to grow at this level, it will eventually bring email communication to a halt. In the end, people will revert to other forms of communication because they will not be able to see the wood for the trees, and will give up. That is a very worrying scenario. The only possible advantage is that it might - and I say might advisedly - force governments to intervene to try to control the internet in some way, because lack of a viable email network will undermine much of the e-progress there has been in all walks of life. It may therefore at last force some international governmental intervention like some kind of licensing. Who knows ?

Who generates all this rubbish ? I cannot believe it is all students and kids still. It achieves nothing, unless the ultimate aim is really just anarchy, in which case governments have a duty to introduce controls.
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Perhaps the 80% that have not voted receive no spam and therefore believe it would be misleading to select Less than 10 Cheesy
shermans
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pchambers

I would add a Less than Zero as you requested if I could, but unfortunately you cannot edit a poll ( on reflection, for obvious reasons, because it would distort the existing responses.

But I would be amazed if you were not an exception if you have never received any spam in your life. I do not believe for one moment that 80% never receive any spam. Perhaps you could let us into the secret of how you stop / avoid it, because I am sure everyone would wish to emulate you.

Moderators note by James (sallyandjames) : Duplicate post removed.
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I did not say that I have not received spam, only that I have not received spam on my PN account in the last 3 years. In the past I have had spam and closed email accounts down because of the large number. Since that time I am very careful who I give my email address to.