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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

Instagram Nukes Spam Accounts, Some Users Go Crazy
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:30:23 -0800 - Follower counts are just a number to some; to others, they're everything.
Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:00:04 -0800 - Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic.
Faster and Easier Identification of Spamming Activities Thanks to ZEROSPAM
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:30:00 -0800 - MONTREAL, Dec. 16, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - ZEROSPAM Security is pleased to collaborate with the CRTC in the fight against spam and to support its efforts in the enforcement of Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL). These automated mechanisms allow clients to submit spam that has either been received or put in quarantine to the Spam Reporting Centre (SRC), which is managed by the CRTC. As a top ...
How to make Hello Kitty Spam musubi (rice snacks)
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:06:01 -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 Drugs Are Killing People and No One Is Doing Anything About It
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:18:57 -0800 - Open your spam folder right now and there's almost certainly a grammatically questionable spam email offering you V1agra or C1al1s. But while you know that any pills procured from shady online retailers aren't regulated, apparently some people can't stop buying them. Brian Krebs reports that the problem is out of control . Read more...
Bah humbug: Stop sending Seasons Greetings spam
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:44:01 -0800 - Are you getting too much holiday spam from your friends and associates? So is our own David Gewirtz, who lets loose with a particularly cranky rant. So much for holiday cheer.
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 ...
How to stop spam in Mac Mail
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:21:19 -0800 - Get rid of junk mail from your Mac mail with this guide to blocking spam. The best Mac mail programs to block unwanted spam emails from appearing in Mail’s Inbox.        
Plusnet could face DATA BREACH probe over SPAM HELL gripes
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:31:12 -0800 - ICO tells El Reg it's gathering evidence Exclusive BT-owned Plusnet faces a possible data breach investigation by Britain's Information Commissioner's Office, after complaints from the ISP's customers about their email accounts being swamped by spam were dismissed.…
Don’t panic if your Instagram follower count just dived
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:43:46 -0800 - Instagram has flipped the kill-switch on spam accounts, and it's a move which is likely to prompt some surprise among users of the photo sharing social network, as their follower counts take a hit. The company announced earlier this month that, while it may have 300 million users, it also has something of a spam account problem, and one it … Continue reading
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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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