The end of Email?

Discussion in 'Anti-Virus' started by LeRoy, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. LeRoy

    LeRoy Guest

    Is this the beginning of the end of Email as we know it? So much spam
    pours in now that I'm afraid to go on holiday; on my return I'd face
    hundreds of messages to download, a very slow, tedious process,
    especially with the dramatic stops at the many infected ones that have
    to be blitzed by the anti-virus program. As far as I can see the only
    answer is an internet server like Hot Mail that allows you to choose
    exactly who you want to receive mail from. My ISP can't do it, nor can
    Outlook Express. Any options welcome.
     
    LeRoy, Oct 2, 2003
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    Sla#s Guest

    I know exactly what you mean.
    Some idiot accidentally put my domain name in something that was harvested
    and I have been deluged with it.
    Luckily it is all to a single, before the @, so my hosting service can
    delete it.
    But the point is that the volume of SPAM is three times that of what I
    normally get. So is this true of all domains? Could that mean that two
    thirds of all mail is SPAM? If it is you are right and the whole edifice
    will collapse.

    Slatts
     
    Sla#s, Oct 2, 2003
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    Michael Guest

    McAfee Spamkiller lets you read and kill spam on the server avoiding
    downloading anything to your machine. You can filter email from entire
    countries like Korea, depending on how you config Spamkiller it will
    sort and kill spam in the background and you will never even see it.
    It has worked for me for a year. I unchecked AutoDelete after killing
    a few things my filters missed. Even then you can select ALL and kill
    with one click and never download any virii to your local machine.
    http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=156
    Michael
     
    Michael, Oct 2, 2003
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    Stig Guest

    Download Mailwasher from Mailwasher.com its free and a brilliant
    programme {I'm not connected to company} - u can view and delete from
    server and set all filters etc
     
    Stig, Oct 2, 2003
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    blkjak Guest

    I have to agree with Stig................been using Mailwasher for quite
    some time and not 1 piece of Spam hits my mail client.

    blkjak
     
    blkjak, Oct 2, 2003
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  6. (LeRoy) wrote in
    You are correct. SPAM & viruses are taking a lot of the fun out of
    email and the Internet. However, there are many options out there to help
    you reduce the amount of SPAM you receive. I have never used the McAfee
    Spamkiller that Michael suggested, but I have used MailWasher and it
    worked quite well. I have since moved to a managed email provider. There
    are many of them out there:

    http://spamlinks.port5.com/filter-account.htm

    I researched them and chose SpamCop (http://spamcop.net). They filter
    out SPAM as well as viruses. They use a user configurable combination of
    DNSBL, SpamAssassin, blacklists & whitelists.

    A managed account, in most cases is going to provide you with more SPAM
    and virus relief than a software package installed on your local
    computer, but there is a monthly or yearly charge involved. I pay
    $30/year.
     
    James Whitlow, Oct 2, 2003
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    null Guest

    So does a well managed ISP combo spam/virus blocking do the job. Mine
    charges no extra fee for the service. It's the wave of the future.


    Art
    http://www.epix.net/~artnpeg
     
    null, Oct 2, 2003
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  8. Not even close. Swen is easy to elude.
     
    Jeebus Whistlehands, Oct 2, 2003
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    Adam Russell Guest

    Swen may be easy(?) to elude, but imo it points out a weakness that is not
    so easily proofed against. I think it may be the beginning of the end of
    free email.
     
    Adam Russell, Oct 3, 2003
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    Jason Wade Guest

    It is not the end of e-mail, but it is the end of unprotected Windows
    machines being allowed to connect to the Internet.

    It is the end of protocols that don't require authentication.

    And it is the end of binary executables being sent from and accepted in
    e-mail.

    While Windows isn't dead yet, from now on, whenever a Windows machine is
    connected to a network, the other people on it will view that machine
    with fear and suspicion--including other Windows users.

    To answer the current mail-bombing issue, I'd guess that there
    will be in the future online services that will clean your
    mailbox of spam and known viruses. This can be done independently
    of any ISP.

    Of course, these services will come under massive DDOS attacks
    as soon as they start.
     
    Jason Wade, Oct 3, 2003
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    GrimReaper Guest

    Pete
    I used to get a lot of Spam from three e-mail links on my web site. I found
    out that Spambots cannot read ASCII code so I changed the HTML mailto e-mail
    addresses to ASCII. The appearance of the web page e-mail links look the
    same. It took a little while but it reduced significantly

    Regards
    GrimReaper
     
    GrimReaper, Oct 3, 2003
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    mitundergrad Guest

    Have you tried SpamPal (http://www.spampal.org/)? Used here with
    merely one filtering rule in my e-mail client and I haven't received
    more than 1 or 2 spam messages a week.

    Anyway ...
     
    mitundergrad, Oct 4, 2003
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  13. LeRoy

    Ron & Ree Guest

    Outlook Express can do exactly what you want.
    You can start by looking in OE under the Tools menu, Message Rules, Mail.
    You can set it up to only allow email from specific addresses and delete
    everything else off of the server before it is even downloaded to your
    computer.
     
    Ron & Ree, Oct 5, 2003
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    Adam Russell Guest

    I can't imagine that as a solution. I like the idea that I can get email
    from anyone in the world. I just dont like getting email from automated
    programs.
     
    Adam Russell, Oct 5, 2003
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  15. LeRoy

    Ron & Ree Guest

    It's what he asked for.
    You can also set a filter to only accept email that is specifically
    addressed to you(filter on the To: line instead of the From: line. This
    will catch a lot of spam. It will also catch most newsletters, if you
    subscribe to them, so you have to make a seperate rule to allow them.
    It also will catch email sent to multiple persons.
     
    Ron & Ree, Oct 5, 2003
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    kurt wismer Guest

    i *do* get email from anyone in the world, apparently... most of them
    (like 99.99999%) are just a waste of time... if you get meaningful
    email from strangers, more power to you, but i certainly don't...
     
    kurt wismer, Oct 5, 2003
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    Stig Guest

    Download Mailwasher from Mailwasher.com its free and a brilliant
    programme {I'm not connected to company} - u can view and delete from
    server and set all filters etc
     
    Stig, Oct 14, 2003
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