Spam Filters & Blockers: The solution to unsolicited email?

Written by Anti Spam League

Spam is a term that, forrepparttar vast majority of us, has a very negative connotation. How could it be different whenrepparttar 109496 average Internet user gets over 50 pieces of junk email per day? Moreover, research indicates that by 2006repparttar 109497 average internet user can expect to receive at least 5,000 pieces of spam per year. That sure is a giant amount of spam!

None of us want to waste our time, our bandwidth and our hard drive space to receive spam and then delete it. Because our day-to-day lives are delayed, interrupted and significantly disturbed by this large number of unsolicited email, software manufacturers have developed a number of products especially designed to fight spam. These products might be called ‘spam filters’, ‘anti spam filters’, ‘e-mail filters’, ‘spam blockers’ and even ‘spam killers’. Regardless ofrepparttar 109498 name, their purpose remainsrepparttar 109499 same: to eliminaterepparttar 109500 spam in your inbox. We have not yet seen a spam filter that achieves 100% accuracy butrepparttar 109501 latest products launched intorepparttar 109502 market as well asrepparttar 109503 newest versions of existing products are proving to be more and more successful. In case you are wondering specifically what these products do and how they do it, you should know that a spam filter is a program that - web based, server based or installed locally - prevents spam email from being downloaded to your PC. The spam filter itself operates onrepparttar 109504 basis of rules, which means thatrepparttar 109505 spam fighting program will examine your incoming email and match it against a set of pre-defined criteria. Ifrepparttar 109506 email does not match those rules, then it is either: a) Deleted, or b) Quarantined for Review. There are three basic types of traditional anti-spam software: 1) Plug-ins for email clients - These anti spam programs run on your computer and require all received spam to be downloaded before they start sorting it. 2) Standalone applications - These spam blockers also run on your computer and communicate withrepparttar 109507 email server multiple times each hour to check your POP mailbox for spam and delete it. They constantly run inrepparttar 109508 background, using up resources and bandwidth. 3) Server-based email spam filters - Many ISPs and email servers (Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc.) have installed email filtering software that scans email for certain triggers, which may include certain phrases, formatting, and aggressive writing styles. A server based spam filter is designed to examinerepparttar 109509 email being sent to your Internet Service Provider or local area network and to filter it effectively beforerepparttar 109510 email is delivered to you. When this works, it works effectively, however it is not perfect. Unfortunately, many unfair marketers have learned to fool spam filters while a lot of legitimate emails are blocked by them. Ofrepparttar 109511 spam filters that are onrepparttar 109512 market atrepparttar 109513 momentrepparttar 109514 vast majority of them need to be installed to your hard drive. However, there is a move towards spam filters that do allrepparttar 109515 work online beforerepparttar 109516 email ever gets to your computer. Most of today’s email applications come with a basic spam filter that allows you to block email from specific addresses. Some more complicated email software allows you to configure rules just for that software itself. This can get pretty complex pretty quickly! But people who suffer from tons of spam want a simple solution to their problem - not more headaches. On this note, one ofrepparttar 109517 most popular PC-based spam solutions onrepparttar 109518 market today is Mailwasher Pro, which has a really nice feature that allows you to send a reply torepparttar 109519 spammer that mimics a ‘mailer daemon’ error message; that is, whenrepparttar 109520 spammer gets this message from you he assumes your email address no longer exists. Simple but effective.

Distribution Lists and Databases: A Primer for Freelancers

Written by Lyn Blair

Self-marketing is a freelancer’s meal ticket. Promoting yourself through e-mails is one important avenue for self-marketing. Did you know you could set up your contact base to send one e-mail to numerous prospects? Or you could send one e-mail to allrepparttar freelance partners in your business network atrepparttar 109495 same time?

Microsoft Outlook (not Outlook Express) hasrepparttar 109496 feature to do just that.

There are two Microsoft mail management systems. Microsoft Outlook is designed for business use, and Microsoft Outlook Express for personal use. MS Outlook has organizational tools like distribution lists, mail merges and more that Outlook Express doesn’t have. Therefore, we’re using MS Outlook. I recommend using MS Outlook for your freelance business.

One ofrepparttar 109497 features inrepparttar 109498 MS Outlook program is called "Contacts". According to MS Outlook 2000, "Contacts” are defined as: "The contacts folder is your e-mail address book and information storage forrepparttar 109499 people and businesses you want to communicate with. Userepparttar 109500 contacts folder to storerepparttar 109501 e-mail address, street address, multiple phone numbers, and any other information that relates torepparttar 109502 contact, such as birthday or anniversary date."

Let's assume you've created your contacts. In each individual contact you've included allrepparttar 109503 important information, such as: name, address, e-mail address, phone numbers, web page address etc.

The easiest way to access Contacts is through a contacts shortcut. Here’s how to create a contacts shortcut.

Making a Contacts Shortcut in MS Outlook

1.Onrepparttar 109504 left side ofrepparttar 109505 program, there’s a column, calledrepparttar 109506 Outlook bar. Atrepparttar 109507 top ofrepparttar 109508 column it says “Outlook Shortcuts”. Pointrepparttar 109509 cursor onrepparttar 109510 background ofrepparttar 109511 column. Right click and a pop up window will open. 2.Select Outlook Bar Shortcut. Another window will pop up offering you choices. Selectrepparttar 109512 “file card” icon with Contacts written beside it. 3.Click OK.

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