Spam...far too much recently

  geoff47 02:04 20 Sep 2003

I am getting lots of spam recently...viagra,microsoft security updates etc.etc.
Is this just me or is it general?
Have downloaded Mailwasher,but am failing to get it to work...wrong password or user name for some reason.Any comments?

  Mango Grummit 02:16 20 Sep 2003

Just delete it. Take no other action at all. Whatever you do don't bounce it or report it. If you do it could well make matters worse for reasons well documented.

It's the same for everyone and it will get worse before it gets better.

Just delete it. It doesn't take long.

  geoff47 02:21 20 Sep 2003

Why not bounce it? I believed that was as if your address didnt exist? So it would work in your favour,only working addresses are any good to the spammers are they not?

  Mango Grummit 02:30 20 Sep 2003

Bouncing confirms the spam hit the target. And confirms your addy is alive and real.

Bouncing increases traffic and slows the internet for no good reason.

Bouncing the spam makes things worse because the spam sender will, within the next few, minutes/hours/days/ be using a different address and hitting all the bouncy addresses again, thus increasing spam -- just because it was bounced.


  Andsome 08:51 20 Sep 2003

I get anything between twenty and forty a day. Just delete them, NEVER EVER open them

  GANDALF <|:-)> 08:56 20 Sep 2003

Nearly all spam is sent from proxy addresses, using servers and routers of innocent parties. If you bounce it the servers get clogged up. Even if advertising companies used their own addresses they have inward mail filters that delete all bounced mails so they are never bothered. All bouncing does is increase net traffic...nothing else.

Spam on home computers is not the end of the world and it is triple easy to delete it. Everyone has a couple of minutes a day.


  DieSse 09:08 20 Sep 2003

I use SpamBunker

click here

You get no more Spam - You don't have to even look at what's come in - Everything is automatically handled for you - But if you wish you can also look at what's happening.

Spam is not filtered out - all emails except from those in you "Allow" list are rejected and the sender asked to confirm that they are a genuine sender (they can be added to your allow list if you wish).

Of course, spam never gets authenyicated, so you never get it.

  geoff47 12:08 20 Sep 2003

I understood bouncing to mean something else.
I will continue to delete as I have been doing.
Does deleting make the address less attractive?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 12:44 20 Sep 2003

In short, no. The addresses are automatically targetted so there is no human intervention, Deleting the mail will have no effect on your amount of email as the senders do not know that you are deleting it.


  Jester2K II 12:54 20 Sep 2003

Agreed Delete don't bounce. Also as Spammers can send 1000s of e-mails a minute (with automated software) it doesn't matter if one or two of the addresses don't exist, in fact, it doesn't matter if 90% of the addresses don't exist. They just care about the messages going out....

Also make sure if you are using OE or Outlook you switch the Preview Pane off. As soon as you click on a message to delete it you've opened it and then you've told them the account is active.

  spuds 13:14 20 Sep 2003

Agree with all the above comments.Just delete and do not unsubcribe.Recently I had my computer down for a couple of weeks. Tiscali [my ISP] began to refuse to except my email, including genuine ones, due to my email box being overloaded, which was mainly 40%-50% spam.The only problem with 'non-delivery', is that a number of newsletters that I subsribed to, have stopped, as the senders think that my ISP account is no longer active.So instead of geting rid of spam, I have got rid of genuine emails.

This new legistlation, due to come into force, will not make much difference to the hard core of spammers.

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