Tuesday, June 08, 2010

New spam types

It seems that in the past two days, the main type of spam which gets through my filters are fake notices from Social Networking sites. (I'm a bit tired of those, I have to say.) Like Twitter notices to an account which is not yours, no doubt expecting you to click on the link that says "this account is not mine". Or YouTube friend invitations send to an address which you don't use on YouTube, or an address which isn't even yours.

5 comments:

Ray said...

Have you seen this?

http://www.redcondor.com/products/

ttl said...

I recommend spamdyke. It's free and is most likely better than any commercial solution out there. I've been running it for years without any problems.

Whenever someone complains about spam, to me it is like reminiscing about the school days, or when Abba was popular, or something.

I don't even know what they are selling in those messages these days. Is it still Viagara and Rolexes, or what?

My only problem is meta-spam, i.e. people discussing spam, governments passing spam laws, companies pushing their ineffective spam solutions, and so on. But I've learned to not pay much attention to it.

eolake said...

Good for you.

A quick look at spamdyke gives me the impression that it's something to be installed on a mail server rather than a private computer, yes? (How else would it monitor the spammer in real time?)

ttl said...

A quick look at spamdyke gives me the impression that it's something to be installed on a mail server rather than a private computer, yes?

Correct. Spam can only be effectively handled at the MTA level (receiving MTA in this case).

It is not a question of whether the computer is private or public, desktop or some other form factor, but rather its role in the e-mail transfer process.

eolake said...

Thanks. I'll recommend it to my mail host. They've been known to take my advice to good effect.