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David Hartsock
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March 23, 2011 - 10:11 am
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So tell me how are you dealing with spam? Is it a problem for you?
You can find the original article [url=http://www.davescomputertips.com/newsletters/2011/march.php#article1:51pgp89f]HERE[/url:51pgp89f].

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Mindblower
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I use HOTMAIL and not my server, thus no POP accounts. Within Hotmail, unless I contact a person, all incoming mail is sent to the JUNK folder. I open this folder every so often, and unless I know the sender, it's treated as JUNK (garbage) and removed automatically. I find the filters that Hotmail uses to be much better than anything else on the market (since they administer it, and I'm not bothered trying to do the filtering myself with add-on programs.

I did use the POP system, and it was a pain, especially when it came to SPAM (JUNK) mail. Now, I get that occasional email, but it's put into the Junk folder, so my Inbox is clutter free, Mindblower!

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Jim Hillier
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March 24, 2011 - 5:51 pm
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I guess I'm a bit lucky, my ISP actually provides free spam filtering as part of its service. The only minor PITA with that system is that it occasionally flags a legitimate message as spam so I need to log-on to my account from time to time and check through the "held" messages.

I also use MailWasher (email/spam manager). The ISP based filter catches around 98% of all spam and MailWasher takes care of the rest.

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Chad Johnson
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March 24, 2011 - 6:32 pm
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I keep my spam stacked neatly in the cabinet, in a row with labels indicating what days I plan to eat it. I have not had any problems with this setup.

oh, email.

I use Gmail so it filters out 99% of my Spam, and now I just need to get it to filter the Bacon.

Mmmm....bacon....

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Flying Dutchman
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May 7, 2011 - 6:41 pm
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Way too late, I know
Anyway, I actually don't get any spam. How is it possible?
I use a number of aliases and disposable email addresses on the Internet - first spam I get, alias dies.

I have two genuine email addresses - a personal one (for friends & family) and one professional (for co-workers & clients).

Problem solved.

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Jim Hillier
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Yes FD, I can appreciate the advantages of utilising such a scheme.

Once spammers have you on record, the only real method for rectifying that is to change your email address....a right PITA.

Good system!!

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May 7, 2011 - 8:40 pm
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Hey Jim,
[quote:13pb1k43]Once spammers have you on record[/quote:13pb1k43]
I've seen friends that use a single one email address find their address move from list to list to list... no ending harassment, can not imagine to have to deal with it.

What I find interesting, is that even with the system I use, I had to kill only two aliases (out of about 50) in the past couple of years. Maybe spammers just don't like me

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Found this interesting link (below) within one of my Microsoft Bulletins were they talk about creating an alias account within your Hotmail account. Some may find it very informative, since it follows along the lines the Flying Dutchman used, Mindblower!

http://windowslivehelp.com/solution.asp ... 5e2c3d0bf1

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David Hartsock
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May 11, 2011 - 7:31 pm
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Good info, Mindblower. Thanks for sharing!

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Flying Dutchman
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Checked out Mindblower's link, thanks!

The good news is:
1. It lets you put in anything you like before "@" - your aliases shouldn't indicate what your protected address is.
2. You have three choices for the part after "@": hotmail.xx (where xx stands for your country), hotmail.com and windowslive.com.

Only drawback, the activation of the alias seems to not be done automatically - still waiting for the confirmation email for the test alias I created.

Still, this is actually not bad.

Thanks again.

EDIT: Got a confirmation email after almost 10 hours. Conclusion: Nice service, but not if you need an alias straight away.

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June 16, 2011 - 11:17 am
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How well does that work for you?

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June 16, 2011 - 12:37 pm
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I'll side with Dave, how well does replying to spam work for you?

Given the methods and tactics used by spammers, it's highly unlikely that your reply lands at the true/ original sending party.
But in case it does, you only manage to confirm that your email address is a live one, i.e. one with value for the spammers.

Cheers

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