Re: An idea on how to block all spam.

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Master Tech ©, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. MarkH wrote:
    > I have been thinking about how to avoid wasting my time sorting the
    > spam that comes into my inbox. I think that I have come up with a
    > pretty good solution.


    Have you considered using Ihug's ISPY package ?

    http://www.ihug.co.nz/ispy/

    $2.50 a month, about the price of a cup of coffee. Works pretty good for me.
    And it's a lot less hassle.
    Master Tech ©, Aug 2, 2003
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  2. Master  Tech ©

    MarkH Guest

    DPF <> wrote in
    news::

    >>Have you considered using Ihug's ISPY package ?
    >>
    >>http://www.ihug.co.nz/ispy/
    >>
    >>$2.50 a month, about the price of a cup of coffee. Works pretty good
    >>for me. And it's a lot less hassle.

    >
    > Yeah its great. Kills over 100 spams a day for me and there are very
    > few false positives.


    So, how many spam messages slip through?

    I wonder about this sort of general service that tries to cater to
    everyone. I don’t have anyone sending me E-Mail from overseas accounts, so
    on my own rules I feel free to block all .ru and .za and .il and various
    other countries. I can’t see ispy blocking dozens of countries like I do.


    --
    Mark Heyes (New Zealand)
    See my pics at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~markh/
    "There are 10 types of people, those that
    understand binary and those that don't"
    MarkH, Aug 3, 2003
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  3. > So, how many spam messages slip through?

    A couple do slip through.

    A check today (up to 7pm) shows 35 blocks on the server, and I've received 2
    spams in my in box.

    Usually I'd still get 1 or 2 a day. Which is a hell of a lot less than
    before, with no input/work from me.

    For $2.50 a month, it's worth it, as my time is money and I don't want to
    waste time sorting this crap out.
    Master Tech ©, Aug 3, 2003
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  4. Master  Tech ©

    DPF Guest

    On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 05:17:52 +0000 (UTC), MarkH <>
    wrote:

    >DPF <> wrote in
    >news::
    >
    >>>Have you considered using Ihug's ISPY package ?
    >>>
    >>>http://www.ihug.co.nz/ispy/
    >>>
    >>>$2.50 a month, about the price of a cup of coffee. Works pretty good
    >>>for me. And it's a lot less hassle.

    >>
    >> Yeah its great. Kills over 100 spams a day for me and there are very
    >> few false positives.

    >
    >So, how many spam messages slip through?


    Half a dozen or so.

    >I wonder about this sort of general service that tries to cater to
    >everyone. I don’t have anyone sending me E-Mail from overseas accounts, so
    >on my own rules I feel free to block all .ru and .za and .il and various
    >other countries. I can’t see ispy blocking dozens of countries like I do.


    It uses bausien filtering where it looks for thousands of different
    factors and has a point value for each. If the cumulative point value
    exceeds a certain score it is classed as spam.

    DPF
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    DPF, Aug 3, 2003
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  5. Master  Tech ©

    MarkH Guest

    DPF <> wrote in
    news::

    > On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 05:17:52 +0000 (UTC), MarkH <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>DPF <> wrote in
    >>news::
    >>
    >>>>Have you considered using Ihug's ISPY package ?
    >>>>
    >>>>http://www.ihug.co.nz/ispy/
    >>>>
    >>>>$2.50 a month, about the price of a cup of coffee. Works pretty good
    >>>>for me. And it's a lot less hassle.
    >>>
    >>> Yeah its great. Kills over 100 spams a day for me and there are
    >>> very few false positives.

    >>
    >>So, how many spam messages slip through?

    >
    > Half a dozen or so.


    So we are talking about 90-95% of spam blocked by this service, not too
    bad.


    >>I wonder about this sort of general service that tries to cater to
    >>everyone. I don’t have anyone sending me E-Mail from overseas
    >>accounts, so on my own rules I feel free to block all .ru and .za and
    >>.il and various other countries. I can’t see ispy blocking dozens of
    >>countries like I do.

    >
    > It uses bausien filtering where it looks for thousands of different
    > factors and has a point value for each. If the cumulative point value
    > exceeds a certain score it is classed as spam.


    The only thing that I don’t like with this sort of filtering is that I have
    no control. With my message rules I move messages to different folders to
    sort them into different categories, as well as permanently deleting spam
    and moving unknown mail to the deleted items folder.

    I can also modify and adapt my rules as I like, so if the spammers get more
    clever to try to beat the spam filters, then I can alter my rules to keep
    them out.




    --
    Mark Heyes (New Zealand)
    See my pics at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~markh/
    "There are 10 types of people, those that
    understand binary and those that don't"
    MarkH, Aug 3, 2003
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  6. Thus spake DPF:
    > It uses bausien filtering where it looks for thousands of different
    > factors and has a point value for each. If the cumulative point value
    > exceeds a certain score it is classed as spam.


    I'm not sure it can be called Bayesian if you don't personally have any
    input...

    --
    aaronl at consultant dot com
    http://homepages.visp.co.nz/~aaronlawrence
    ...Gross Ignorance: 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance.
    Aaron Lawrence, Aug 3, 2003
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