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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

Globe anti-spam drive seen to become top consumer trend in 2015
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:50:44 -0800 - Globe Telecom’s anti-spam drive is a great example of crowd-sourcing campaign expected to become one of the top consumer trends in 2015, according to trendwatching.com. One of such trend is “better together” which means generating crowd action for concrete change. Trendwatching.com forecasts that brands, governments and institutions will tap consumer action and participation in effecting […]
Did You Get a Bunch of Spam Texts Recently? You're Not Alone
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:00:17 -0800 - A text message spam campaign aimed at iPhone users last summer reappeared towards the end of the year. Text-spammers got your number? Here's what to do.
WhatsApp spam grows as campaigns migrate from SMS, says AdaptiveMobile
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:26:44 -0800 - Harder to filter because of end-to-encryption
For Spambots, Flattery Gets You Everywhere
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:15:00 -0800 - Social media sites like Instagram had allowed bots to inflate follower counts without incentivizing users to delete or report them. Plenty, said James Caverlee, a computer science professor at Texas A&M who studies the nature of spam on social media. Well, if a Twitter user's feed is suddenly filled with low-quality tweets from spam/robot accounts, then I would imagine a strong disincentive to ...
Industry voice: 12 things you should know about email, spam and file attachments
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:36:08 -0800 - Spam has been around for longer than we can remember and often we almost forget that it is and remains a real problem. For the IT department, spam remains a major security threat and a constant headache. More than 3% of all spam contains a malware payload and it doesn't mean that the remaining spam emails are safe either. Today, it may sound strange, but the promises of big lottery wins and the ...
High stakes in New Zealand's war against spam
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:39:27 -0800 - It's being described as a war, an arms race, an unseen struggle where the stakes are being raised and the weapons redefined each minute.In New Zealand, the ramparts are constantly being tested by attacks numbering in the tens of...
Importers under fire over P5 Spam, P3 Ma Ling
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:11:07 -0800 - Why did some importers declare that the import value of a can of Spam is just P5?
Spammers set their sights on WhatsApp – that's that ruined then
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:31:21 -0800 - Bypassing filters and flinging ads through bars of cage Mobile spam is spreading from SMS channels towards mobile messaging apps such as WhatsApp, according to mobile security provider and specialist AdaptiveMobile.…
New Variant of Emotent Spam Targets Bank Credentials: Microsoft
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 07:11:19 -0800 - A spam campaign using a new variant of Win32/Emotet against German-language speakers targets bank credentials, Microsoft Malware Protection Center announced this week. Microsoft has been monitoring the variant since November, when a spam email...
28,000 comments submitted on Whatcom oil dock marked 'spam'
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:29:30 -0800 - BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - About 28,000 public comments submitted by environmentalists about a controversial oil-shipping dock in Whatcom County went missing after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' email system marked them as "malicious spam." The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/ekqyZL ) that the Corps of Engineers solicited public comments last ...
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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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