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Spam has become a very large problem on the Internet. The tide of spam continues to rise. Spam now outmasses legitimate email. Unsolicited bulk e-mail, otherwise known as spam, accounted for about 80 percent of all the e-mail traffic on the Internet during the first three months of 2006.

The Can Spam Act has failed miserably (many spammers probably used it for a list of addresses).

Advertisers spam because they can make a fortune with just a tiny conversion rate.

DON'T EVER DO BUSINESS WITH A SPAMMER. It just encourages them and why would you want to do business with someone as slippery and slimey as that?

Some spam contains viruses. Don't ever open an attachment from a stranger and be suspicious of attachments from friends. They may have been hit by a self-replicating virus. You should install a good anti-virus program to help protect against this sort of thing. Click here to see some free virus checkers

Some spam is from people "phishing" for financial information. "Just click here to verify your account information". Do so, and your account will be hijacked and you'll be stuck with a huge bill for stuff you never purchased. Always go through the "front door" of financial websites that you do business with. Never click in from an email.

An old survey showed that 88 percent of the 1,400 people queried said they support antispam legislation.

One security specialist claims that most anti-spam products he's tried only block 10 to 25 percent of SPAM.

Several firms offer various degrees of spam filtering ranging from shareware programs for personal computers to highly sophisticated products for servers and mainframes. This page shows a selection. You can find more by doing searches on "spam filter software" and "anti spam software".

The war continues with the spammers changing their identities rapidly to stay ahead of spam filters.

A few companies, including Microsoft, have been tracking down spammers and taking them to court. But the number who aren't caught continues to rise.

Think of anti-spam software as a lock on your door that keeps unwanted intruders out. But keep a baseball bat handy for those who break through the door.

 

SPAM Solutions
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Lyris MailShield Desktop

Lyris MailShield Desktop is a software tool that lets you identify and delete spam instantly -- before it gets to your inbox! MailShield Desktop's built-in, 'fuzzy logic' scanner detects unsolicited mail with great effective-ness. You can create your own rules to block known spammers, or to let acceptable mail through without delay. MailShield Desktop runs on Windows, and is compatible with POP3, IMAP, MAPI4, and MSN/Hotmail accounts.

Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP.

MailShield Desktop is compatible with anti-virus software such as Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan.


Postini Email Security Services

Postini's comprehensive email security services protect your email system from spam, viruses and other email-borne attacks — before they reach your network.

 

 

Spam Agent

Spam and email filtering software prevents spam and junk email from entering your inbox. Home and corporate versions available.

Spam Agent comes with over 1,500 preset filters - you can also create your own custom filters - as many as you like! Update your list instantly from our website with the click of a button.

Compatible with all email software including MS Outlook, Eudora, and more!

Supported Platforms: Windows 95,98,ME,NT4,2000, or XP.


Email Software

They have a number of spam related software titles along with a plethora of other email programs and systems.

"Spam filter software stops spam from being delivered. Anti spam software, effectively blocks spam and in many the spam software will report spam to the appropriate ISP."

SpamAssassin

SpamAssassin is an open-source mail filter to identify spam, aimed at UNIX and Linux systems. Using its rule base, it uses a wide range of heuristic tests on mail headers and body text to identify spam.

SpamAssassin requires very little configuration; you do not need to continually update it with details of your mail accounts, mailing list memberships, etc. It accomplishes filtering without this knowledge, as much as possible.

See a list of the extensive tests that SpamAssassin performs.

Supported Platforms: Unix, Linux

Free software: it is distributed under the same terms and conditions as Perl itself.


Brightmail

Provides software that makes messaging secure and manageable. Brightmail protects the networks of enterprises, service providers, and wireless carriers by filtering spam, viruses and undesired messages at the Internet gateway.

One notable user of Brighmail is ISP ATTGlobal.net which offers the protection to its customers.

With the recent hike in SPAM volumes and changing tactics, Brightmail catches about 53 - 65% of the stuff out there (unscientific test).

 

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