The song went signs, signs, everywhere signs, I think it was in the late 60’s or early 70,s, but in 2013, the song would be rewritten..
Spam, spam everywhere spam
It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, I am faced with an ever growing inbox full of emails from people and companies I’ve never heard, never will hear of, and never want to hear from again.
As with many useless things in life, I just don’t get it?
I only ever delete the emails, and I assume so does everyone else, so why do spammers continue to spam me? Some people must visit the links within the emails, otherwise why do spammers, keep on keeping on?
Top spammers that do my head in..
- Background Checks – Find out all the secrets on your neighbors, friends, or spouse
- Seduce Any Woman – How To Get the Women You Desire Into Bed
- Sgt. Scott Orlando Us Army – Us Army Responding To Treatment.Can I Entrust $10,000,000.00 Us Dollars in your care?
- Paralegal Studies – Take paralegal courses or earn your paralegal certification online
- Valentine Discount – Bid on amazing brand name liquidations now
- Life Insurance Choices – $10/Month for 250k Life Policy
- eHarmony Specials – Valentineâ€™s Day Weekend Only â€“ Communicate at No Cost on eHarmony
- Lowermybills.com – President reduces Amount-homeowners-Owe – Curious how much you-could-save
- Online Education Degrees Guide – Find an online education program to suit your needs
- Saffron Slim – Start Melting Your Fat Away Naturally – 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Zbiddy Auctions – Bid on amazing brand name liquidations now
- Different Senders – Order Tracking
And the above list does not include the emails we have already identified and blocked as spam..
- Your Telstra Email Bill – 2197717691098 = Telstra is not our ISP
- Jetstar = wouldn’t fly with them on principle
- Vodafone = we do have an account with them but not to the email address they keep sending mail to*
- Qantas Telephone Sales Australia = never flown with them
- Woolworths Supermarkets – Customer (dis) Satisfaction Survey
- Australian Taxation Office = we have an accountant meaning ATO emails go straight to them
- Canadian Pharmacy – Pharmacy Store : Viagra* + Cialis !
- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) = yes we bank with them but dont use this email address
- 21st Century Education = oh dear!
- Coffee Bean Extract = now these spammers really do our heads in! Thousands of them!
- Darren Burridge – Aerial Photo offer closing soon. Don’t miss out.
and there are thousands more.
How can we (we being everyday people on the net) guard ourselves against these unwanted, idiots who clog up our inboxes with spam?
* I do laugh at the number of ways they think of spelling VIAGRA.. there are hundreds. Mind you, I don’t mind spammers suggesting I need a bigger willy, its when they think I need bigger breasts that makes me angry.
- Inbox: 84 emails = 80 spam!
- Junk E-mail folder = 4049 spam emails
- AVG Virus Vault = 34 emails
- Deleted Items = 3913 emails (many straight there through alerts and rules)
My delete key is just about worn out.
Message rules and block sender is a waste of time because they just use a different sender, user, email or subject.
So, what is the answer?
How To Stop Spam
We usw anti-virus software (AVG) which is great but it is not helping much with spam. We have a couple of hundred Message Rules to deal with common senders and subject lines, but the reality is, the more rules we create, the more ingenius the spammers become.
I tried googling the question: how to stop spam emails
- Block spam and other unwanted e-mail – Microsoft
- Spam Blocker Tips – MyTrashMil
- Report Spammers – see next section
Report Australian Spam
If you are Australian, and receive unsolicited email from an Australian sender, then you can report it to the Australian watchdog – ACMA.
To be fair, we reply to obvious Australian spammers and warn them first. If we receive an email from someone/company who we have not subscribed to, we warn them that it is breaking Australian anti-spam legislation. Even if the email contains an unsubscribe link, it is still breaking the law, if you have not opted-in prior. If we subsequently continue to receive email messages from them after a warning, we then report them to ACMA (see below).
There is simply no excuse for sending multiple unsolicited emails, unless you are STUPID!
It was no surprise to find there is software that does the job of filtering and managing email including spam. In the search I did above, a couple of programs popped up, but if there are two, then logic tells me there are likely to be 22, so I found a Software Comparison page.
It is unfortunate that spam and junk email is cluttering up everyone’s email inbox. Spam filter software can assist a user in managing these unwanted solicitations. With a spam blocker in place, users can spend more time reading valid email instead of wasting time manually filtering unwanted email messages.
At the time of review (2013) our top three spam blockers are SPAMfighter Pro, Cloudmark DesktopOne Pro and MailWasher Pro 2010.
When I started this morning, I had not intended doing much more than commencing my fight against spam by learning ways to combat it. After researching the topic, it became clear to me that while I can stem the tide, me alone and a few setting changes were not going to do much or save me much time. Unfortunately, spammers figure new ways of getting around settings, and we see the same message we just blocked but from another sender.
So, what did I do?
I purchased SPAMfighter! Why? Good question; heres the way I look at it:
- I receive around 500+ emails a day, 90% is spam.
- I figure that I waste an hour a day hitting the delete button removing the spam messages.
- SPAMfighter cost me 1/2 an hour of my chargeable time, so in affect, if it works, I just saved myself 4.5 hours a week of productive time.
- Very easy to purchase (online) and download
- Very easy to install
- Simple step by step tutorial that explained how the software works.
I will start by saying I have no connection with SPAMfighter (although they are welcome to send me $$$). I chose their software based on good reviews, comparisons and feel of their web site compared to the competition. I’ll also point out, that I found a discounted version.. normally US$34.99 reduced to US$24.95.
SPAMfighter Pro – Download Only | Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 (32 bit) Buy Here
To be fair, from here it will be a wait and see. If the simple tutorial is anything to go by, I will have a lot more time mto be productive in the future. I will (100%) update this post in a few weeks and let you know how I got on with SPAMfighter.
Hey, have a spam free day!
SPAMfighter Software Reviews
Day 1 – What a great start.. the software has only been active for an hour and already there are 12 emails in the SPAMfighter folder including one that I really (really) hate and despise. I have tried blocking rules to prevent ‘shana valenzuela’ a thousand times and it never works, but guess what the first 2 emails in the spam folder are… game on mole!
Day 2 – Shocked at how many emails continue to go straight to the SPAM folder. So far, not one good email, all spam. A couple of spam emails were in my inbox, but the one click Block button soon fixes them. Plus I can clearly differentiate between good incoming emails and ones that I need to unsubscribe from.
Day 3 – loving it.. I can definitely see light at the end of the tunnel. Its far easier to see emails that are subscribed to one of my email addresses, and so I can quickly ‘unsubscribe’. That in itself makes me laugh.. the number of lists that you unsubscribe from, that then send you another email to say, you’re unsubscribed. That frankly anooys me, and I block them for being ridiculous. At this rate the emails in the inbox and falling by one or two every day leaving me with only good emails. SPAMfighter popped up today for the first time, basically saying, if I had a paid version then to enter by ID number, which I did and now its running the paid verion. Gotta love it.
Day 4 – Hmmm, I noticed 2 things this morning in SPAMfighter. 1. SPAMfighter statistics which tell me how many emails its processed, black, time saved and spam ratio. I wont lose any sleep over not knowing any of it, but its interesting to know. 2. Alarmningly though, it says 364 day(s) till your subscription expires… WTF! I could remember it saying the price (includes all upgrades and technical support). I revisited the web site and found.. SPAMfighter Pro version costs only AU$29 “a year”. I find the two conditions conflict with one another. So, the real condition should read.. the price includes all upgrades and technical support for ONE year.
Day 5 – Normally on a Monday, I’ll arrive to see close to a thousand emails, built up over the weekend. This morning, 56 of which I was able to unsubscribe from 8 more (I never subscribed in the first place, but somehow my email address gets on these lists). I store a copy of the emails I unsubscribe from in case they try sending more emails in which case I then report them as spam (one strike and they are out).
I also noticed a couple of emails (Australian senders) that did not have an ‘unsubscribe’ link in the email. This is a breach of Australian Anti-Spam legislation and should be treated seriously. I adopt the one-strike policy by replying with a “remove me” message and a warning that they are breaking the law by not having the unsubscribe link. If they continue to send me mail, I block and report them… they wont last long, and the fines are horrendous.
More to follow…