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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

Spam Experts Joins Forces with Dewaweb to Provide Top-Notch Spamless Email Services
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 04:33:42 -0700 - Dewaweb, a cloud web hosting company based in Indonesia, are pleased to announce that they have just partnered with Spam Experts. This partnership will allow the hosting murah company to provide top-quality spam-free email...
Alexander: How spam e-mailers hide their identities
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:17:50 -0700 - Q: Lately I’ve been receiving spam (unwanted junk) e-mails that come from invalid e-mail addresses. As a result, my security software won’t let me add the addresses to its spam list for future blocking. What are the spammers trying to pull now, and what can I do about it?
5 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:04:38 -0700 - Spam lives on, despite all our efforts to snuff it out—but Outlook has some features to help slow it down. Here are some things anyone can do, plus some tips for working within a corporate Outlook system. 1. Use Block Sender frequently Use Outlook's Block Sender feature to add intrusive spam to your Block Sender List, and then move it to the Junk Email folder. This works fine if you receive ...
Plentyoffish Media Inc. pays $48,000 for alleged violation of Canada's anti-spam law
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0700 - OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, March 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that Plentyoffish Media Inc. has paid $48,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada's anti-spam legislation. Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians, the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer launched an investigation ...
Expert: Clinton’s Emails Could Have Been Compromised By Third-Party Spam-Filtering Company
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:46:04 -0700 - Employees at a company that provided spam-filtering services for Hillary Clinton’s private email account could have easily copied or forwarded her emails without her knowledge, an internet security expert tells The Daily Caller. Marc Perkel, a tech entrepreneur and former systems administrator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, analyzed Clinton’s server configuration, the one she had ...
CRTC fines dating service PlentyOfFish $48,000 under anti-spam legislation
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:04:23 -0700 - Canadian online dating website PlentyOfFish has paid a fine of $48,000 after regulators found the company violated its new anti-spam legislation. The CRTC says the fine was levied after complaints alleged PlentyOfFish Media Inc. sent emails that did not have a clearly labelled or easy-to-use unsubscribe option. PlentyOfFish was created by Markus Frind in Vancouver 12 years ago and now has more ...
PlentyOfFish Hooks A $48,000 Fine Under Anti-Spam Law
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:31:13 -0700 - The Vancouver-based dating site PlentyOfFish.com has been fined $48,000 under Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The CRTC, Canada’s telecom regulator, says the website sent commercial emails to subscribers “that did not contain an unsubscribe mechanism that was set out clearly and prominently, and that could be readily performed.” The regulator reportedly launched a probe into the website after ...
PlentyofFish hit with $48K fine relating to Canada’s anti-spam law
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:05:23 -0700 - Online dating website PlentyofFish has coughed up $48,000 for allegedly violating the country's anti-spam legislation, according to the CRTC.
Plenty of Fish pays $48Gs for alleged spam
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:20:49 -0700 - POF pays $48Gs for alleged spam
Feds: Hackers stole 1 billion email addresses in spam scheme
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:35:53 -0800 - Computer hackers stole a whopping 1 billion email addresses from U.S. marketing companies in what federal authorities Friday described as a massive spam scheme. Three people were indicted on federal charges ...
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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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