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    e-SSENT
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    I’m talking about the spam that fills your inbox with references to enlarging a certain part of the male anatomy, viagra, watches…

    I’ve always been pedantic about keeping my personal inbox spam free by having a yahoo account which I use to sign up to things. Since I now have a business email address and have used it on certain sites, I’m now getting 10+ emails a day with nothing but links in it (ie, no unsubscribe) for the aforementioned products AND it’s growing.

    The spam filters on my virus checker don’t work, neither do the junk mail rules in Outlook because the people who write these emails change the keywords constantly.

    Can anyone advise how I can stop seeing these? Closing my email account is the old fashioned way but not suitable in this instance.

    Many thanks. :)

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    Cesar
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    The one sure way to stop Spam getting into your inbox is to use this software I have been using for years now. I love it, and I know you will too. See how it works…

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    e-SSENT
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    Thanks Wahe for that site and I appreciate your response. I had a look and I don’t think it’s suitable for my business because I’m worried it may turn customers off having to verify themselves before being able to reach me (I know I would be!). If it gets ridiculous though, I’ll keep it in mind. :)

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    Melinda B
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    e-SSENT, post: 57058 wrote:
    Thanks Wahe for that site and I appreciate your response. I had a look and I don’t think it’s suitable for my business because I’m worried it may turn customers off having to verify themselves before being able to reach me (I know I would be!). If it gets ridiculous though, I’ll keep it in mind. :)
    I can’t stand Challenge-Response systems either. They’ve been shown to reduce customers contact because people don’t like being forced to verify that they’re human.

    I use MailWasher. So the spam still gets sent to me, but I can delete it before it gets to my mailbox.

    You’re not going to stop receiving spam, you just have to work out a way to manage it that doesn’t drive you insane. Protect yourself, make sure you don’t have your email address in the clear on your website (use a contact form), be careful what you sign up for etc.

    I know someone who sets up a separate email for everything he signs up for, so he knows if they sell, share, or leak his email address.

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    Thank you Melinda! I’ll have a look at that. I’m currently managing the junk by setting my junk mail folder to delete immediately. It’s a risk because occasionally I’ll get a non-junk email in there; however I’m starting to get angered by the junk and it seems the least aggravating option. You’re right, there’s no true way of stopping it unfortunately.

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    Gmail has a reasonably good spam filtering algorithm. It might be worth trying to redirect your website enquiries to a gmail account, and have that gmail account to automatically forward emails to your own personal account.

    Spam assassin has proven to be quite effective in dealing with spams as well. However, the setting up process is not as simple.

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    Do you have a web host that the business email goes through?

    If so in the control panel (or similar name) you will have settings in there that you can set keywords etc to have those messages discarded automatically.

    The other thing to do is to encrypt your email address on your website. This will make it harder for the bots to harvest your email. I was lazy a few weeks ago and did not do this on a new email address on one of my sites and yep, started getting spam soon after. So I must do this today using this site

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    I listen to a lot of tech podcasts and heard about Mailroute. I’ve never used it but from what I’ve heard it sounds good. Might be the answer you need.

    http://www.mailroute.net

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    mark_xpnsit
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    I have sent a few emails to people with the spam filter thing on it, and you have to complete a captcha – very annoying and I won’t use it – can understand why people do though.

    I will have a look at mailwasher to see what its like.

    I’m sure most people know this but never reply to any spam – once they know your email address is real it will never stop (most spammers just computer generate emails)

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    After being online for over 12 years, I get some 200-300 spam attacks every day.

    I subscribe to an advanced spam/malware/scam filter called Spamtitan, which works really, really well. You can see more here:

    http://netsolutions.net.au/itservices/anti-spam-solution/

    No “false positives” and only around 1-2 spam messages actually get past it per week. And you don’t have to spend countless minutes tweaking your “naughty” keywords, including endless variations.

    That makes it great value for money.

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    Melinda B, post: 57666 wrote:
    I know someone who sets up a separate email for everything he signs up for, so he knows if they sell, share, or leak his email address.
    How does he manage so many accounts? That sounds like far too much work.
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    Archie Woodworks
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    lutrov, post: 57992 wrote:
    How does he manage so many accounts? That sounds like far too much work.

    It’s easy if you own a domain (eg yourdomain.com) . Here is an example..

    Say you join up to a website called happyjoe.com. Now for the contact email address for that site, you would use happyjoe@yourdomain.com.

    And for another site called sadjane.com you would use sadjane@yourdomain.com.

    Now you can track when you get spam email as it will be addresses to either happjoe@yourdomain.com or sadjane@yourdomain.com. If happyjoe.com has passed on your email address and you are constantly getting spammed by them, just set a filter up to automatically delete any email addressed to happyjoe@yourdomain.com.

    You don’t need to set up outlook or other email programs with each unique email address settings as you should only have the one account to check email and it will download all emails addressed to @yourdomain.com irrespective of what is before the “@”.

    And I second the person that suggested Mailwasher for checking spam. It’s great even though it does take a little to set up. But it can be very powerful to combat spam.

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    Melinda B
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    Archie Woodworks, post: 58020 wrote:
    It’s easy if you own a domain (eg yourdomain.com)
    Which as business owners we should all have!

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    You don’t need to set up outlook or other email programs with each unique email address settings as you should only have the one account to check email and it will download all emails addressed to @yourdomain.com irrespective of what is before the “@”.
    Mine doesn’t, I have Outlook set up to check each email.

    I have a couple that I’ve set up like this, and I’ve set them up so the name relates to what I’ve signed up for, eg flyingsolo@superwahm.com (no, that one doesn’t exist really!)

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    And I second the person that suggested Mailwasher for checking spam. It’s great even though it does take a little to set up. But it can be very powerful to combat spam.
    Takes only a few minutes to set up now – checks for email addresses and does it all itself. :-)
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    lutrov
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    Archie Woodworks, post: 58020 wrote:
    It’s easy if you own a domain (eg yourdomain.com)
    Yes, I am aware of email aliasing or forwarding. I did this earlier this year and setup some 40 aliases. Eventually, I dropped the whole idea because it means that everytime you subscribe somewhere, you create yet another alias.

    I found it far too much work and certainly wouldn’t recommend it to people, unless they’re going to only have a handful perhaps. There are better alternatives.

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    John Debrincat
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    There is a nice tool from Cloudmark which is a free downloadable product that runs on the desktop. You can download Desktop One here. Cloudmark are one of the leading suppliers of email anti-spam, anti-virus and anti-phishing for the service providers, telcos and enterprise. The free desktop product is real-time and does the same stuff as their enterprise level products. They have a reputation for identifying and stopping malicious email before any other software out there.

    Hope you find it worthwhile.

    John

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