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Monday, May 5, 2003

Spam Spam Spam Spam Lovely Spam

Since switching from AT&T--er, Comcast--cable to SBC DSL for broadband I've been receiving at least 10 times the amount of spam every day. Not a great selling point, in my mind, especially considering some of the, ahem, content of that spam.

However, I've been very pleased with MailWasher, a Windows app which checks your mail before you download it and gives you the opportunity to delete spam before it ever hits your browser. But even better, MailWasher allows you to bounce spams back to sender, telling them that your email address is invalid. Point--click--bounce--and it's gone. I do believe that I've started to receive less spam since I started using MailWasher a week ago. A few minutes ago I was surprised to see MailWasher mark an email as "Virus". I took a look through the email source (MailWasher's previewer displays only text) and found that someone had sent me the good old worm. If I'd been using some form of Outlook I'd be infected by now.

The Master comments: I've been playing with an app called K9 which does Bayesian filtering on your email. It's a proxy app, similar to Mailwasher et all and if my volume of spam was a bit higher it would probably be doing an exceptional job. As it is K9 is at a 97% accuracy rate filtering my spam. As soon as some reporting/bounce features are added I will be VERY pleased with K9.

A.T. Hun comments: Baked beans are off.

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