Re: An idea on how to block all spam.

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by R-Slicks, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. R-Slicks

    R-Slicks Guest

    On Sat, 2 Aug 2003 09:35:49 +0000 (UTC), MarkH <>
    wrote:

    ><snipped...>


    >When you receive an e-mail from someone that is not on your contacts list,
    >you can simply add them and send them a reply informing them that you will
    >now accept e-mail from them without needing the codeword.


    Except you won't know because your rules would have permanently
    deleted the message...


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    DO NOT reply to - it is simply a spam catch.
    You can, if you wish, try "news .at. preou .dot. com"
     
    R-Slicks, Aug 3, 2003
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  2. R-Slicks

    MarkH Guest

    R-Slicks <> wrote in
    news::

    > On Sat, 2 Aug 2003 09:35:49 +0000 (UTC), MarkH <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >><snipped...>

    >
    >>When you receive an e-mail from someone that is not on your contacts
    >>list, you can simply add them and send them a reply informing them
    >>that you will now accept e-mail from them without needing the
    >>codeword.

    >
    > Except you won't know because your rules would have permanently
    > deleted the message...


    I was referring to when you receive an E-Mail that contains the codeword,
    you can then add their address to your list and let them know that messages
    from that address will not in future require the codeword.

    I have now adjusted my rules to send an autoreply to all messages not
    identified as spam, but from unknown hotmail or yahoo addresses. The
    autoreply advises that personal messages should be resent with a codeword
    added to the subject line. I’ll see how things go now, but I already have
    much less spam in my deleted items for me to look at.



    --
    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. R-Slicks

    R-Slicks Guest

    On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 05:13:42 +0000 (UTC), MarkH <>
    wrote:

    >R-Slicks <> wrote in
    >news::
    >
    >> On Sat, 2 Aug 2003 09:35:49 +0000 (UTC), MarkH <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>><snipped...>

    >>
    >>>When you receive an e-mail from someone that is not on your contacts
    >>>list, you can simply add them and send them a reply informing them
    >>>that you will now accept e-mail from them without needing the
    >>>codeword.

    >>
    >> Except you won't know because your rules would have permanently
    >> deleted the message...

    >
    >I was referring to when you receive an E-Mail that contains the codeword,
    >you can then add their address to your list and let them know that messages
    >from that address will not in future require the codeword.
    >
    >I have now adjusted my rules to send an autoreply to all messages not
    >identified as spam, but from unknown hotmail or yahoo addresses. The
    >autoreply advises that personal messages should be resent with a codeword
    >added to the subject line. I’ll see how things go now, but I already have
    >much less spam in my deleted items for me to look at.


    That's better, of course, but with the slight problem that you are now
    potentially sending a reply back to spam messages which have got past
    the spam rule and validating your address.

    Though I can't prove it, I'm bloody sure that after implementing Mail
    Marshal on my home network my spam practically quadrupled. I'm
    suspicious (though I can't prove it) that part of the reason is that
    MM comes configured 'out of the box' with auto-replies to most of the
    rules. Until I disabled them all, that is. I wonder how many times my
    various addresses were validated as 'ive' before I cottoned on to that
    one ? Either way, I receive about 800 spams per week onto my network
    and I only every see 5-10 in my inbox, and most of those get filtered
    auto-matically into a 'spam' folder as they are sent to my original
    Ihug address rather than one of my domain ones...

    --
    DO NOT reply to - it is simply a spam catch.
    You can, if you wish, try "news .at. preou .dot. com"
     
    R-Slicks, Aug 4, 2003
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