Spam Fighter's Toolkit

Written by Ralph Tegtmeier

Fightingrepparttar never ending tide of spam mail can turn into a very frustrating experience if you don't knowrepparttar 132826 real tricks ofrepparttar 132827 trade. After all, there's a whole lot more to it than simply responding to a (usually bogus) From: address with a peevish complaint!

Here's a fairly extensive overview of resources that will aid you in effectively combatting unsolicited email, showing yourepparttar 132828 possibilities (and, alas,repparttar 132829 limits!) of your endeavor.

General resources ----------------- The Spamhaus Project features a database tracks known Spam Gangs, Spam Support Services andrepparttar 132830 providers who keep organized spamming alive by knowingly hosting stealth spamming services on their networks. An extensive set of databases allows for tracking of established spam outfits, including statistics, etc. < >

Look up this list of established spambots: < >

Resources for header reading are listed atrepparttar 132831 Forum for Responsible and Ethical E-mail (some broken links, though): < >

Some spambot harrassment programs are listed here: < > calls for spam boycots and offers lots of information an spam prevention legislation, and more. < > Read their useful guide titled "How To Complain To The Spammer's Provider" at: < >

Mail forwarding services ------------------------ Protect your mail box with disposable email addresses by signing up with Sneakemail: this service forwards everything to your regular box without disclosing your real address. If you find your Sneakemail address is being abused, you can simply delete it. Plus, it will help you track down businesses that flog your address to third party marketers. Neat. < >

Free email forwarding claiming to sportrepparttar 132832 net's best anti-spam filters can be found at Basically, it works as a remote spam filter. (That's why they term themselves a "mail filtration service".) < >

Spamex takes a similar approach, offering disposable email addresses as a measure to counter spam. It doesn't bother with sophisticated spam filters, though -repparttar 132833 minute your Spamex address receives spam, simply nuke it and get a new one. You can also fit their log in box link into your web browser's links bar for facilitated access. Their slogan is noteworthy, too: "Because Sending You Email is a Privilege Not a Right!" < >

One ofrepparttar 132834 best known anti-spam forwarders is Spammotel (what a name!) which also offers a pretty sophisticated, award winning plug-in for your email client, allowing you to keep track of whom you have given which email address of yours. This, of course, makes it dead easy to test web sites' privacy policy. Moreover, it makes for a great tool to help you organizerepparttar 132835 e-mail you actually do want to receive. (Windows only.) < >

Mail Abuse Prevention System LLC offers a commercial spam protection forwarding service at: < >

Spam filters ------------ Webmasters running their own mail server may be interested in The MAPS Relay Spam Stopper, a queryable DNS-based database of spam-relaying mail servers. You can configure your server to utilize their list if you want to refuse mail from these types of servers. < >

The same site offersrepparttar 132836 Realtime Blackhole List (RBL). This is a system for creating intentional network outages ("blackholes") forrepparttar 132837 purpose of limitingrepparttar 132838 transport of known-to-be-unwanted mass e-mail. The RBL is a subscription-only system, working in such a manner that no one is denied connectivity to a non-RBLSM-subscriber. < >

Reporting spam -------------- This spam complaint primer spells it all out as it is and offers a sample complaint covering every important aspect of reporting spam to get spammers' accounts and web sites terminated. < racing.html >

Spam Hysteria

Written by Robert Taylor

Let me start this article by stating I am vehemently opposed to spam and that it isrepparttar worst possible way to get your message out. Various groups have been trying to stop spam since it was first used onrepparttar 132825 internet. However, how can we stop or outlaw something which has never been clearly defined.

I have been unable to find a universally accepted, fits-all definition of spam. There are many ideas about spam and just what it really is. In my opinion it is receiving unsolicited email (email which you have not opted to receive). Even this definition must be applied judiciously and with a certain amount of common sense.

For example, a dear friend could forward an email which you find offensive. Should you be in a bad mood, you could report your friend for spam (and alsorepparttar 132826 originator ofrepparttar 132827 email your friend forwarded, even though it was notrepparttar 132828 originator's intent for you to receive this unsolicited email). In this situationrepparttar 132829 originator (who is innocent of wrongdoing) and your friend will most likely lose their ISP and web host provider simply because you are having a bad day. Is this fair?

More and more ezine publishers and article writers are being accused of spam and forced to fight their ISPs and web host providers. Many of these spam complaints are totally unfounded. In some cases it is because a person forgot they subscribed torepparttar 132830 ezine and when they receive it they say they have been spammed. In other casesrepparttar 132831 person has written an article which was published in an ezine accused of spamming. Here allrepparttar 132832 advertisers andrepparttar 132833 article writers are accused of spam and lose their ISPs and web host providers.

These advertisers and article writers did not commitrepparttar 132834 offense of spamming. They were accused by association. Most articles written forrepparttar 132835 internet are free for publication, which means anyone can use them as long asrepparttar 132836 articles and resource boxes remain intact. Unlessrepparttar 132837 writer is being paid forrepparttar 132838 article, there is no way of knowing when, how or by whomrepparttar 132839 article will be published.

The truly unfair method currently used to fight spam considers everyone accused of spam to be automatically guilty. The great majority of ISPs and web host providers shut you down without a second thought when you are accused of spam.

You are not given a chance to prove your innocence. Guilty or not, you are shut down. For most of those trying to make a profit onrepparttar 132840 internet, this is a sword hanging over their heads. Every time they write an article for publication or send out an ezine they are takingrepparttar 132841 chance of being unfairly accused of spamming.

No ezine publisher or writer in their right mind would ever considerrepparttar 132842 use of spam. Their livelihood depends on their ezines and articles, so why would they use something which would destroy that source of income?

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