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Monday, January 14, 2008

Episode 37 "Fighting Spam, Is this a Canned Show? January 14, 08

1-14-08 Episdoe 37 Fighting spam, Is this a Canned Show?

For spam on Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Spam and Wikipedia:WikiProject Spam
Spam originally referred to Spam (also written as SPAM), a canned meat product sold by the Hormel Foods Corporation. Since then, many other uses of the term have emerged.
Spam (Monty Python), a Monty Python comedy sketch. The "Spam" in the sketch refers specifically to the meat. Most later uses of "spam" refer in one way or another to undesirable repetition, and this sketch is considered to be the most likely source of such uses of the term.
• Spam (electronic), unsolicited or undesired bulk electronic messages. There are many types of electronic spam, including
E-mail spam, unsolicited e-mail.
Mobile phone spam, unsolicited text messages.
Forum spam, posting advertisements or useless posts on a forum.
Spamdexing, manipulating a search engine to create the illusion of popularity for webpages.
Spam in blogs, posting random comments or promoting commercial services to blogs, wikis, guestbooks.
Newsgroup spam, advertisement and forgery on newsgroups.
Messaging spam ("SPIM"), use of instant messenger services for advertisement or even extortion.

Anti Spam software is a necessity because Spam compromises the security of your computers and exposes it to various risks besides being a permanent source of botheration.
Before we learn about anti-spam tactics, we need to first know what is spam. To put it succinctly, spam is unsolicited and unwanted email.

Other names for spam are Unsolicited Bulk Mail, Excessive Multi-Posting, and Unsolicited Commercial email, in addition to the more common - spam mail, bulk email or just junk mail.

Along with the beauty of e-mail came the beast. For the multitudes of marketing manicas out there, e-mail created an opportunity to send unsolicited promotions of their products, instantly, and at a very low cost. Today, spam has reached such monumental proportions that 10 out of every 13 emails (76.9%) we receive are spam, one way or the other. This is why anti-Spam filter has become a must have software for almost all PC users.

A good spam filter will:
• Block emails using both lists and preset filters - block specific addresses, watch subject lines, and messages within.
• Update filters automatically.
• Isolate spam outside of your inbox.
• Put acceptable emails automatically into your safe list.
• Monitor and filter multiple email accounts.

What YOU can do to help eliminate spam:

1. Most e-mail providers have the ability to block spam with a click by hi-lighting or checking message and then clicking, block sender or junk mail. It may take a while but eventually messages from this sender or group of senders will automatically go to your junk mail. Hint: go to your junk mail folder now and then to make sure that some of the good has not been graveyarded there along with the ugly because that can happen when you set your spy ware or filters on maximum. Goes with the territory if you are tired of the time that spam waists.
2. Download Free version of Spamfighter
3. Always use the bcc or blind copy line on your multiple e-mails and when you get one from a newbie or by accident,remind the sender that you do not want your e-mail on a long list that can be seen and copied by unscrupulous marketers.
4. Always report spam
5. Be careful yourself to send info only to those people you know or have requested it, you would not like to be on a black list for e-mail for one of these spam filters
6. When someone asks you to “unsubscribe” them do two things, first reply that you will and then immediately(within 24 hours if your e-mail campaign is aggressive) take them off of your distribution list.
Fight Spam on the Internet!
You have probably seen an increase in the amount of "junk mail" which shows up in your email box, or on your favorite newsgroup. The activities of a small number of people are becoming a bigger problem for the Internet.

In the News

San Jose, CA (OPENPRESS) January 14, 2008 -- Engate Technology Corporation, a leading anti-spam supplier and pioneer of next generation network profiling and connection management security solutions, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved the issuance of Patent No. 7,310,660 which covers methods for removing unsolicited messages from a client's email in a networked computer system in an off-line and on-demand manner.

Engate Technology Awarded New Patent for Anti-Spam Threat Protection
Contact Info:
Engate Technology Corporation
4790 Caughlin Parkway, Suite 240
Reno, Nevada 89509
Tony dellaBusa


Free Spam Filter for Outlook and Outlook Express
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Whenever new mail arrives, it will automatically be tested by SPAMfighter, and if it's spam, it will be moved to your spam folder. If you receive a spam mail that is not detected, click a single button, and the spam mail is removed.
Download SPAMfighter
Download SPAMfighter
There are two versions of SPAMfighter:

SPAMfighter Pro
This is the product you download and get free for 1 month. After the trial, you can choose to pay only US$29 and keep the Pro version, otherwise you are automatically downgraded to the free SPAMfighter Standard.
SPAMfighter Pro can be used in companies and other commercial environments and gives access to better protection, read more here.
SPAMfighter Standard
This is a free product and can only be used in private homes and schools. In SPAMfighter Standard, a short text ad is displayed in your e-mail client, and an "I'm protected by SPAMfighter" message is attached as a footer to your outgoing e-mails. Also, you don't have the language filter and other useful features are missing.

You may want to check wih your provider to see that you do not alreay have a spam fighter on your system. Most providers give you the ability to set your e-mail spam filter on low, medium and high. I have mine set on medium for my AOL and high on hotmail and I get very little spam. However, each time the spam fighters figure out how to fight it, a hacker or company out ther figures out how to circumvent it. So check your options often if your spam in your e-mail increases. It’s the bain of the internet.Disclaimer: Techno Granny is not endorsing any of these products, this is simply information garnered in my research in an attempt to picque your interest in learning about spam fighting.

Next week: EPISODE38 - Trends in E-Marketing, Don't Get an F!, January 21, 08 at 7 AM, EST: Cathy von Bergelen of E-Biz-IT will keep you up to date with E-Marketing trends!

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