Articles in Category: Spam
Articles relating to the plague that is spam – why it exists, what to do about it, what NOT to do about it, and basically how to live with minimal frustration in a spam-filled world.
Understanding what is and is not spam is important to make sure you get what you want and improve spam filtering for everyone.
Sometimes “Mark as spam” may seem futile, but it has a purpose.
Spam is inevitable; just don’t ask for more.
Spammers and internet trolls harvest email addresses via a variety of means. One of the most common is to simply surf the web and look for anything that might look like one.
Though inactive email accounts stay open for some time before they’re closed, spammers can make it appear as though an account is still active.
Even though most of us might never fall for it, the reason there’s so much spam is simple: spam works.
Email spoofing is rampant. Spammers often send email that looks like it came from you, and there’s little that you can do about it.
Spam prevention measures have made getting email delivered more difficult. We’ll look at how to maximize the chances your email will make it through.
Sometimes it seems like spam is a tidal wave of junk that threatens to make email completely unusable. While you can’t stop spam, you can manage it with a good spam filter.
Getting spam from yourself? We all do. I’ll look at why it happens, what little you can do about it, and something unlikely but important to check.
Train your spam filter to stop emails you want from going to your spam folder.
Spammers want to send email that looks like it’s coming from someone who can be trusted. They want it to look like it’s coming from you — and you end up getting the bounce notifications.
Junk folder, Spam folders, and Trash folders are similar, but they differ in one important respect: training your spam filter.
Most email programs can block email from a specific address. Unfortunately, blocking email from a sender is ineffective when it comes to spam.
A sudden flood of additional spam is not unusual. I’ll look at why I think it happens, and when I start to worry.
It’s not uncommon to get unexpected email sent to an email address similar to your own. I’ll review why that is and what to do about it.
If you’re not getting spam now, you will soon — and probably lots of it. What can you do? There’s no magic answer, but there are various things you can do to help.
When a legitimate email sender doesn’t respond to an “unsubscribe” request, they’re no longer legitimate. Here’s what to do.
To unsubscribe or not to unsubscribe: that is the question. The answer depends on how you got there.
Spammers use many techniques to slide their garbage into your inbox. BCCing you on messages is a common way.
Over-aggressive spam filtering can cause email newsletters and other messages to fail to appear in your inbox. I’ll look at why that is, and three steps you can take to improve the situation.
“From” spoofing is how spammers send email that looks like it comes from you that you had nothing at all to do with. I’ll look at how it’s done.
Reporting spam in your email program with the spam button is critical. Reporting it by forwarding it somewhere isn’t going to do any good.
There are emails from which you should certainly unsubscribe when you no longer want them. However, there are emails that you absolutely should never unsubscribe from. I’ll review the differences.
An error caused my newsletter to come “From” the wrong address. Flooded with challenge/response mails, I wonder: what other messages are you missing?
Email reputation for your home IP address probably doesn’t matter, and having it characterized as “poor” might even be a good thing.
It’s tempting to want to reply to spam, telling the sender to stop it (or worse). Not only is that ineffective, it often makes things worse.
BCC is good for many things. Sending to many people at once isn’t really one of them.
Challenge/Response is a spam-fighting technique that forces you to prove you’re human before your message will be delivered. It’s controversial, to say the least.
“Spam” and “junk” mean the same thing when it comes to email. There’s a lot of confusion about how they, your email service, and your email program all interact.
Marking spam as spam is an important tool in the war against it, but exactly what happens when you do so is clouded in mystery.
Many people receive spam that looks like it comes from someone they know, but is not from that person’s email address. I’ll take a look at what’s going on and what you need to pay attention to.
If someone threatens to mark your email as spam, don’t worry about it. Here’s why.
Spam filters can be incredibly sophisticated or very simple. I’ll look at some of the characteristics of email that spam filters can check.
You can end up with email marked as spam for many different reasons, usually involving reputation – and not only yours.
Sending emails with attachments to many BCC’d recipients directly from your Hotmail account looks like you’re sending spam. I’ll talk about why, and suggest alternatives.
Outlook.com, like most email services, tries hard to keep spam out of your inbox by placing it in a junk mail folder. Sometimes it gets a little too aggressive. I’ll look at how to tame it.
You are exactly right: you are being punished for the actions of others. To understand who those “others” are, we need to look at how email makes it off of your computer to its destination.
Unfortunately most of this is out of your hands now. There are a few things you can check for, and then you’ll have to just get on with your life.
It’s unlikely that you’ve been hacked. It’s possible that your friends have both been hacked, but this kind of thing can happen without anyone being hacked at all!
If someone, even someone you may know, is targeting you with spam – it’s still spam. We’ll treat it as such.
Unfortunately, that then turns you into, yes… a spammer! There are many, many problems with this idea. I’ll explain a few.
It can be very frustrating if it suddenly seems like spammers have found you. There is one thing may help your email provider catch up and slow the deluge.
Sometimes, it seems like spam is a tidal wave of junk that threatens to make email completely unusable. While you can’t stop spam, you can manage it very well with a good spam filter.
Scammers are an international problem and that makes it extremely difficult to stop. In the end, it’s all about the money.
Outlook is doing the best that it can with spam, but your expectations that it can block spam based on the From addresses is a tad off the mark.
Possibly being labeled a spammer is another reason not to forward political and other emails. Do it enough and your normal email may not get delivered.
Email account hacking is on the rise. One of the signs is the amount of spam being sent to contacts from those hacked accounts.
Welcome to the world of spam – and the never-ending battle against it. Choosing words and blocking based on that is one approach, but as you noted it’s tough to keep up. In fact, it’s darned near impossible.
In a truly ironic turn of events, it seems that spam has sparked a number of technological innovations. Traditional spam filters for example are technically very complex pieces of software that try to analyze the content of email to determine whether or not it is legitimate or not. No less innovative, greylisting is conceptually very simple, … Read more