Freeserve & Porno Spam

  Keith 21:55 06 Dec 2003
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I am with Freeserve and am being inundated with porno spam (70+ per day). Last weekend I happened to meet two people who are in the same situation. I have written to Freeserve to suggest they make an attempt to filter the junk before it gets past their servers, which I understand AOL attempt to do.

Any other Freeserve people out there who are suffering in the same way? Any suggestions how we get ISPs to take the problem more seriously?

(please do not suggest remedies like Spamkiller, Mailwasher or Outlook Junk Mail Rules - I have posted this thread to see if there is a wider problem than people may be aware).

Thanks, all. Keith

  Forum Editor 22:11 06 Dec 2003

if there's a wider problem presumably people will be aware of it.

Most ISPs do now offer spam filtering, but in some cases you have to opt in to it - or even pay a small fee for it. With respect, although you might not want people to suggest anti-spam measures that's exactly what you need to put in place. Whilst you might think (with some justification) that ISPs are in the boat with us on this, it's primarily up to each of us to look after our own patch when it comes to spam protection, after all, it's not the ISPs' fault that you're getting it.

The AOL filtering caused all kinds of problems - I was sending email to clients via the BT smtp servers and seeing it bounced by the somewhat over-xealous AOL filter because it said the servers were being used by spammers. Other forum members reported the same problem.

Spam isn't the ISPs' responsibility, despite what some people might think - it's up to the entire IT industry (and governments) to find solutions. It will happen, but not for a long time, and until then we'll all have to do what we can. Incidentally, 70 spam messages a day isn't out of the ordinary, I was receiving at least twice that many on both of my primary email addresses at one point. My domain host has since introduced very effective filtering software (which I pay for), and I'm only getting about ten spam messages now. The magazine has also recently installed mail filtering on the mailserver, and my Forum editor address receives almost no spam now.

Mailwasher will do the same for you (FE winces, and dives under the table).

  Steven135 22:27 06 Dec 2003

Have to agree with FE it is wise to take your own precautions.

Using mailwasher I am not aware of any spam at all I have set it to automatically delete spam after running it for a while to add all legitimate e-mail addresses to my friends list.

On occasion a new spam will arrive I add it to the blacklist and never see it again.

  The Spires 23:57 06 Dec 2003

It's wise to use an alternative email program such as Hotmail or Operamail to register some of the free programs etc as I have noticed deliberate spelling mistakes made when registering the like have turned up in snail mail spam.

  The Spires 23:58 06 Dec 2003

BTW yes some of my spelling mistakes are deliberate :-)

  beeuuem 00:16 07 Dec 2003

I've been with Freeserve for the past year and can't ever remember getting much spam and no porn through them.
If the only same could be said of Hotmail!
But Mailwasher deals with that without much effort on my part.
Al my spelling mistakes are unintentional :-)

  Giggle n' Bits 00:31 07 Dec 2003

Internet connection back & Email after being of for 1 Month and 7 days. On opening and retieving the emials for this period of time came back with 1,744 emails full of Adult content & Adverts.

Again this was via Freeserve Server using Broadband.

Mailwasher looks like next step if I cannot talk customer into breaking off account with Freeserve.

  Keith 11:58 07 Dec 2003

Thanks to those who responded - interesting stuff. I have in the past used McAfee Spamkiller and currently use Outlook Junk Mail rules. Mailwasher sounds impressive.

Debonair - your reference to changing accounts is probably the most effective if least practical!

Forum Editor - I'm not aware that Freeserve filter their servers but your comments re AOL lead me to agree with you that the solution rests at with the end-user rather than the ISP.

Thanks again. Keith

  leo49 12:20 07 Dec 2003

There is a direct correlation between the amount of Spam you receive and how widely you broadcast your email address.

I've a whole ruck of web-based accounts which I use for all purchases,registrations and the like, and in the case of the Yahoo one I use most frequently attracts over 100 a day.

Coming in via Outlook Express I have personal accounts whose address is only given to friends and only used for personal correspondence.These receive zero spam.

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