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Welcome to SpamHelp

The belief that spam emails (a.k.a junk mail) pose a genuine threat to the overall usefulness of e-mail communication is quickly gaining widespread acceptance. With the accelerated growth in the volume of spam emails being sent every year, now accounting for over 80% of all email traffic, spam has become a problem that governments, businesses and the public in general can no longer ignore. But the fight to control spam is an ongoing struggle with spammers constantly devising new methods and tricks to get their unsolicited messages to the widest audience possible. As a result, technology and legislation is constantly evolving to meet these new challenges, and likewise, here at SpamHelp, we are committed to building a resource that evolves to reflect the changes in the war against spam.

We intend to take a look at all the different angles related to controlling spam. As a home user, what steps can be taken to limit the volume of spam that I receive? As a network administrator, what steps can I take to control the volume of spam hitting my mail servers and entering the network? What spam filtering software is available to control spam at the desktop? What server-based antispam software is available? What are governments doing to discourage spamming? The answers to all these questions and more will be found here on SpamHelp. We hope the information provided within these pages will prove useful and practical in your efforts to fight spam. Enjoy your stay and please remember to visit us on a regular basis to keep up with all the latest developments.

Anti-Spam News

How to make Hello Kitty Spam musubi (rice snacks)
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:43:00 -0800 - If there's a Hello Kitty fan on your holiday gift list this year, we've got you covered. If he or she also happens to be a Spam fan, you're well on your way to becoming best friend of the year.
Spam Nation: Cybercrime and spam are far bigger security threats than you think
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:41:00 -0800 - In Spam Nation, cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs investigates Russian spammers and seeks to educate users about how valuable their assets are to cybercriminals.
How to stop SMS spam on your Android or iOS phone
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:41:55 -0800 - "Italian made Ray Bay, Oakley sunglasses :)" reads the Emoji-riddled iMessage sitting in your iPhone's Messages inbox. "Pick up Your New RayBan Sunglasses Here before they run out!" If you're using iMessage on an iPhone or iPad, there's a pretty decent chance one of these blaring spam messages has flashed on your screen, although I'm sure plenty of frustrated Android users have seen their fair ...
'Spam Nation' author Brian Krebs sheds light on card data black market
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0800 - An insider on the digital black market, Brian Krebs uncovers major credit card breaches before the big retailers know what hit them. He takes readers along in his book "Spam Nation"
How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:44:37 -0800 - Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.
Whitepages Reveals Top 10 Spam Area Codes
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0800 - Whitepages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., today announced the top 10 area codes used by spam callers, which come from the nation's major cities such ...
Detroit "313" tops spam area code list
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:39:35 -0800 - Whitepages announced the top 10 area codes used by spam callers--and Detroit "313" makes the top of the list.
China proposes tougher rules on text message spam
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:58:15 -0800 - BEIJING (Reuters) - China has proposed stricter regulations on sending spam to mobile phones, including fines of up to 30,000 yuan ($4,907) for violations, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said. The ministry is seeking comment on the proposed rules, which according to a draft posted on its website on Monday would require explicit consent from users before companies or ...
Spam accounts for 80% of global e-mail traffic, says UN body
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:01:02 -0800 - Saying spam now accounts for about 80 percent of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the Internet Society have signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam.
How to protect yourself against spam emails
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:34:41 -0800 - Spam costs the U.S. forty billion dollars a year. Emails can contain bogus deals and offers that can cost you time and money. Cyber security expert Brian Krebs writes about the criminal masterminds behind the largest spam operations in his new book: “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime from Global Epidemic to your […]
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Site News

3 May 2008 - Happy(?!) birthday to e-mail spam! Today, spam is 30 years old, with the first spam e-mail sent by Gary Theurk, an employee at Digital Equipment Company (which was purchased by Compaq and later HP), to 393 Arpanet users. More info

9 April 2008 - InfoWorld have carried out comprehensive reviews and comparisons between anti-spam appliances. The full article may be read here. If you're only interested about the results chart, you may check it out here.

16 May 2005 - A new "Q" variant of the two-year-old Sober worm is responsible for a large amount of spam emails in the German language containing neo-Nazi propoganda. Sober.q itself is not a worm: "There's no binary attachment. Machines infected by Sober.p are downloading the code that's necessary to execute this most recent Trojan." said Sam Masiello, the director of threat management for Denver-based MX Logic.

17 March 2005 - Added a new section, humor with a feed from Spamusement!

6 October 2004 - We've launched a new services category for those who prefer a hosted anti-spam solution. The industry name for this solution is managed anti-spam.

19 September 2004 - Do you need a server-based antispam package but can't figure out which one is best for you? Then check out the SpamHelp AntiSpam Feature Comparison! Just specify the features you prefer and let our comparison do the rest.

16 August 2004 - Our SMTP open relay tester has now come out of BETA. It can be found here. It also has the ability to report to DSBL (Distributed Server Boycott List), a blacklist.

20 February 2004 - Last month we opened up the events section, and we're now covering several areas related to spam. We'd like to hear from you regarding which areas you're mostly interested in, and anything else that we haven't yet covered. Send us an email!

20 October 2003 - A submission form has been made for developers who would like to submit their products to any of our sections.

5 October 2003 - The services section has been split up into two categories - disposable email services and challenge/resonse services for your convenience. More categories and listings will be up soon.

1 October 2003 - An appliances section has been added to the site, featuring listings of anti-spam hardware solutions.

30 September 2003 - We've brought some useful tools together to help in the war against spam. Check out the new Network Tools section!

23 September 2003 - Launched a new tool - Harvester Killer. This page shows a hundred randomly generated email addresses. Email harvesters will store all of these emails in a DB, and following the link at the bottom of the page, filling them up with more invalid email addresses. They eventually end up in an infinite loop. Help fight spam yourself by linking to this page!

22 September 2003 - The articles section is finally open. We've put up two great articles by the Federal Trade Commission and the CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY & TECHNOLOGY. Check them out here.

14 September 2003 - We have added functionality that enables us to have different categories for listings. For now, we have splitted up the software section into client-side software and server-side software.

6 September 2003 - The services section is now up and running, database driven. We will be working on allowing comments and voting, sorting, searching and of course a submission form.
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Anti-Spam Software

  • Client-based anti spam software - software spam filters that reside on your own computer, performing spam filtering as you receive it. Such software may be available as a stand-alone product that filters mail before reaching the email client or as an add-on that integrates with your email client.
  • Server-based anti spam software - anti-spam software solutions that are installed either on the mail server itself or in front of the mail server. Therefore gateway based anti-spam solutions are also included in this section. Such solutions normally perform spam identification and filtering before legitimate emails are distributed to the intended recipients throughout the network. Click here for our customisable feature comparison!

Latest Software Listings

GFI Anti Spam Filter[15 May 2008]
M-Switch Anti-Spam[03 Apr 2008]
Astaro Security Gateway[22 Apr 2006]
Hexamail Guard[13 Feb 2006]
Feox for Outlook/OE[13 Feb 2006]
McAfee SpamKiller[13 Jul 2005]
ASB AntiSpam[22 May 2005]
Outlook Spam Filter[22 May 2005]
SpamButcher[22 May 2005]
Symantec AntiSpam for SMTP[21 May 2005]


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