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Old 08-03-2003, 04:53 PM   #1
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Post Fighting Spam With KMail

Just finished updating my Linux desktop webpage with a short article on how you can use KMail in the fight against e-mail spam. I hope it's useful to you.

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Old 08-05-2003, 08:38 PM   #2
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Here's an informative response I received from one of my visitors:

> > I just read your article on using kmail to block
> > spammers and get rid of
> > unwanted mail.
> > There is a gotcha when doing this. Most
> > emailaddresses that are used for
> > spamming are used only once and quickly get blocked
> > after that or were
> > temporary addresses in the first place. So bouncing
> > mail is a good idea
> > if you're online permanently and are capable of
> > bouncing immediately.
> > There's a good chance you will actually hit the
> > mailbox you intended to
> > hit.
> > But if you're on a dialup line and only log in for a
> > short time per day,
> > this is not going to work. Kmail will try to bounce
> > all spam and will
> > fail in most cases. These unsent mails will sit in
> > your outbox and block
> > all outgoing traffic. These will have to be removed
> > by hand first.
> >
> > A better solution would be to block the entire
> > domain, not just the
> > individual address, where the mail came from. There
> > is a good chance it
> > will be used again with a slightly different
> > username each time to avoid
> > filters such as these.
> > And don't bounce if you can not bounce immediately.
> > It will cost you a
> > lot of work.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Jan

Thanks, Jan, for the helpful input!
Old 08-06-2003, 12:33 AM   #3
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Yeah I agree with that last part. For example you can block alot of spam by blocking "ezine". There are a thousand variations on ezine but they all use ezine and you can use that to block a whole bunch of spam.


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