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It's the end of the month [Nov. 30th, 2004|10:56 pm]
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And I got 1404 spam emails in November. At least, that's how many got caught by my spam filter. A few managed to sneak by into my regular mailbox, but I forgot to keep count of those.

You would think with all that spam, there would be at least one message that looked interesting, but alas, it was a very dull month spam-wise.

I'm off to dump everything in my spam folder. Ah, nothing like a shiny clean email folder to start the new month!
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2004-12-01 07:05 am (UTC)
You might be ahead of me. I'm running 325-350 spam a week at the moment. Blech. Deleting so much spam gets tiring week after week.
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[User Picture]From: sitara
2004-12-01 07:42 am (UTC)

SPAM???

Is that the stuff you get in the can?

*ducking and running* (I get maybe 5 spam emails a month because I have very good firewall, virus, and spyware protection)
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2004-12-02 06:42 am (UTC)

Re: SPAM???

You get only 5 emails a month because they haven't found you yet.

I have ZoneAlarm & Norton's loaded, run Spy-Bot and Lavasoft monthly, do a secondary scan from PC-Cillan for virii. Firewall, virus, and spyware protection won't save you from spam once your email address is on the spammer's list.
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[User Picture]From: sitara
2004-12-03 09:40 am (UTC)

Re: SPAM???

Then, you have to change your email address. I have had several IT professionals tell me that the key is in the name you choose before the ampersand (@) in your email address. You need to be as unique and original as possible.

For example, my daughter's email address was "princesstigger". That is pretty difficult for one of those random programs to use. She never got any spam. On the other hand, we sued "buddyboy" for my stepson. Apparently, "buddyboy" is a favorite for those who enjoy surfing pornographic sites because even before he ever sat down to send any email, he had hundreds of emails about Viagra, Cialis, and Girls, Girls, Girls. Not very helpful while raising a ten year old boy going through puberty. When I discussed this with my local ISP this is what they told me. One of the ways in which spammers develop lists by using very common naming conventions. For example, a phone book list of last names, and then go through the alphabet as the initial of the first name. Then, go through this and add a numeric to the end of each. Use a local ISP (or at least state level) and stay away from the warehouse ISPs like AOHell and BetZero. The more complex and unusual your email address is, the better. I get virtually NO spam. Goodrumrose is not a common name.

Also, to protect from spyware and virus, you need more than just a software Firewall. You need to get a hardware firewall, like a router, not a wireless router. In addition, don't use Internet Explorer. Find new browser software to use, like Mozilla Firefox. Since I started using Mozilla, I have not had my browser hijacked and the level of spyware I have attracted is virtually nill. I run Adaware once a week and I clean maybe 8 a month. Even if they get through, because I use Mozilla, they don't work anyway, since spyware is written for Internet Explorer. Mozilla has it's own pop-up protection. I have never had a pop-up break through the blocker at all.

Since I started doing all these things, the level of spam in my inbox has also dropped off significantly as well.
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2004-12-03 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: SPAM???

That's incorrect advice. Spammers pull names from publically accessible sites. Post on a newsgroup, wham, you're on a mailing list. The longer you keep an address, the more spam it gets. My email address is a completely made up word. I made it up myself. And I get 300-400 pieces of spam a week because I participate in online forums and websites. Complexity of your email name means squat.

A firewall has nothing to do with spammers. Firewalls protect you from hackers, a completely different type of attack.

Your advice about the spyware is correct, though that doesn't solve my spam problem created through online participation.
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[User Picture]From: sitara
2004-12-06 09:13 am (UTC)

Re: SPAM???

My stepson had not participated with anything online. He had never even used his email address. Suddenly, he's getting Spam for Cialis, Viagra, and porn sites. The tech support at my ISP, in addition to several IT professional that I know gave me that explanation. There a numerous ways that spammers get your email address. If you make your email address public, you will get spammed, no doubt. But they use other methods, as well.

Complexity of your email name does mean something, if you do not participate in online forums, as we learned with my step-son.
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