Blocked Sender

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  1. John Watson

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    On e-mail on Outlook Express, on Windows 98 SE, what does this accomplish? What does the sender see?

    I've been geting a string of similar looking porn spam, and short of cancelling the e-mail address, would Block sender give me any relief?

    Or does the sender send from a different address every day?

    TIA
     
  2. Joseph DeMartino

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    The sender sees nothing. All that "block sender" does is prevent mailbox from a particular address from showing up in your mailbox. Useful for avoiding mail from jerks you have actually corresponded with at some point, and who only have one e-mail address. Useless for fighting spam which can come from dozens of spoofed addresses - but then again, that isn't what the feature was designed to do. What you need is a dedicated anti-spam tool. There are dozens of commercial and freeware programs on the market, and several over-all security suites include spam blocking features.

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    Joe
     
  3. John Watson

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    Thanks Joseph.

    So the sender doesn't even get a "administration - returned mail" notice?

    As for the spoofed multiple sender adress problem, do these guys have any practical limit to how many addresses they can create?
     
  4. Joseph DeMartino

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    No, because "spoofed" addresses are not the actual original source of the mail. The original source is hidden. The "spoofed" address can easily be a genuine address belonging to someone who had nothing to do with the spam message. Viruses, trojans, spyware and various 'bots routinely "harvest" real e-mail addresses that are then used as the "from" address in spam messages. Heck, I've received spam "from" my own e-mail addresses from time to time. It isn't that some hacker has actually accessed my account and sent mail from it, they just insert my address as the source into a message automatically generated from somewhere else on the internet. When such messages are sent to invalid or out-of-date e-mail addresses they generate delivery failure messages that come "back" to my mailbox. [​IMG]

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    Joe
     
  5. John Watson

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    Thanks for the info Joseph.

    Another good address has to get trashed [​IMG]
     
  6. Mike Fassler

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    use popfile and you will never worry about spam again.
     
  7. Stacey

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    Also try "Mailwasher", it's free and easy to use and once the spammers get a bounced email address from you they quickly give up trying to send anything.
     
  8. DaveF

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    No they don't. Currently, bouncing email is one of the worst things you can do -- and MailWasher no longer does this by default. Most spam has fake addresses, or are using other people legitimate addresses. So the spam I get appears to come from e.g. your address. If I bounce it, you get garbage messages. So I'm annoyed by spam. You're annoyed by my bouncing the spam. And the spammers don't care either way.

    I'm looking for a good anti-spam tool. Mailwasher is OK, but is proving to be overwhelmed by my situation.
     
  9. John Watson

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    Dave : "the spammers don't care either way"

    I am afraid that is my impression too.

    In the meantime they have almost destroyed legitimate use of e-mail (made us supsicious of it, driven us to buy mickey-mouse solutions), and significantly impacted the productivity of millions of employees.

    Somehow, it has got to be made to cost them something, and the incredibly easy creation of e-mail addresses needs to be curtailed.
     

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