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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.
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• Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [Excerpt, Part 3]|
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:35:26 -0800 - Porous barriers to various forms of electronic intrusion are traversed by either menial human labor or automated botnets. Read about this carnival of oddities in the third excerpt of a chapter on the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
• Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [Excerpt, Part 2]
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:56:08 -0800 - Software filters required that spammers get devious. Learn in this new segment about using great works of literature to circumvent the intricate filtering schemes of the best software engineers -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
• Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [Excerpt, Part 1]
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:35:10 -0800 - The constant metamorphosis of junk electronic messages mirrors the evolution of the online world itself. Follow in this chapter scientists who try to stem the flow of spam and the hackers who... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
• 5 Web predictions that were WAY off
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 04:58:27 -0700 - So long, spam? Nobody will buy books or read news online? The end of government snooping? These are a few of the predictions about the Web that turned out to be very wrong.
• Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet [Excerpt, Part 4]
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:56:26 -0800 - Spammers deploy malware to hijack unwary machines and use them as purveyors of junk messaging. Read this last installment about how the history of the Internet coincides with the history of spam -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
• Spam Phone Calls Cost U.S. Small Businesses Half-Billion Dollars in Lost Productivity, Marchex Study Finds
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 05:00:00 -0800 - Spam phone calls are not only annoying, but expensive: new findings released today show that U.S. small businesses lose nearly half a billion dollars a year in productivity by handling telemarketing and other unwanted calls, according to Marchex, Inc.
• Twitter Advertising is Worse Than Spam
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:18:27 -0800 - NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Up until a few years ago, email spam infuriated me. In recent years, the amount I receive, even in accounts I set aside to sign up for newsletters and other free stuff, has decreased considerably. It's easier now to simply delete spam and move on. No emotion. After all, the spammers are playing a numbers game. It's not personal. Spammers blast as many emails as they can ...
• Avoid spam calls, find numbers faster with Current Caller ID on Android
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:01:43 -0800 - Last year, I shared how to use the Whitepages Current Caller ID app to easily track blocked calls and texts . Now, Whitepages has added the ability to spot many of today's spam/scam numbers, along with some other convenient features. If you don't have the app already, there's no time like the present to get a copy . Current Caller ID is available for Android 2.2 and up. The UI for the app has ...
• 7 Backstories Behind Everyday Technology Terms
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:15:16 -0700 - Mouse, cookie, spam — all of these words are double agents The common terms take on a second meaning when it comes to the tech world. Everyday words are lifted from the dictionary and crafted to have entirely different meanings to represent their computer counterparts Then there's the terminology flip-side, where words like " meme " or " weblog " are completely made up to define new Internet ...
• Spam in January: Fake WhatsApp Notifications and Real Stars for Valentine's Day
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:13:00 -0800 - Kaspersky Lab has today published the results of the company's spam monitoring for January 2014. The attachment actually contained a malicious program detected by Kaspersky Lab as Backdoor.Win32.Androm.bjkd - a notorious backdoor whose main functionality is to download other malware on the victim's computer and steal personal data. In January, scammers also continued to send out 'Nigerian ...
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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- 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!
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