Spam is no vegetable!

Written by Shah N. Khan

Spammers are like spiders coming fromrepparttar World Wide Web and crawling in and on your mind, head, your body and spine. Many dictionaries do not give yourepparttar 132829 meaning of Spam. One dictionery defines it a a vegetable. The spell check in many word processing software would not give you its spelling!

Our unabashed dictionary defines Spam as pinchingrepparttar 132830 bottom of a girl in a crowded street.

On a crowded elevator of a sky-scrapper of a computer giant, a shapely lass was pinched at her bottom. She turned back and growled, " Who is spamming me?" The handsome young man behind her looked at her in face and said, "Pardon me. I thought it was a safe address". "Never mind, I will opt in for your mail!" The girl replied smilingly as she was impressed with his looks and mannerism.

As you know spam (noun) means an unsolicited e-mail message sent to many recipients at one time, or a news article posted simultaneously to many newsgroups or lists.

Spam is a sort of junk mail. Generallyrepparttar 132831 contents of a Spam message or article are not relevant torepparttar 132832 topic ofrepparttar 132833 group orrepparttar 132834 interests ofrepparttar 132835 recipient.

Spam is an abuse ofrepparttar 132836 Internet in order to distribute a commercial or religious or political message or publicity material to a huge number

of people at minimal cost.

Spambot means a program or device that automatically posts large amounts of repetitive or inappropriate material to newsgroups onrepparttar 132837 Internet.

Internet users are experiencing an increase in spamming! As thousands of new web sites are created every year and more businesses flocking torepparttar 132838 Internet, spamming either due to ignorance of Internet culture and rules or a willful disregard for them, has grown.

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 >

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