A Breezy Collection of Spam-Fighting Links


Like most people, I've received enough junk email already to last me the rest of my life. 
But it still keeps coming.
And so does REAL email from people asking for advice on how to fight it.

 So, for everyone interested in stopping the flood, here's a collection of links that address the subject.

 Where Should I Begin?

I've spent a considerable amount of time automating the process of dumping junk email, but I'm lucky enough to have an ISP that takes junk-email seriously, which gives me a leg up. If you're looking for clues, Panix's Junk-Email Page is as good a place to start as any. Besides grabbing Panix's primary spam-fighting procmail recipe, full of useful examples, make sure to check out the links at the bottom -- they'll point you to other excellent resources.
 

Hire Sam Spade!

Sam Spade is the Swiss Army Knife of Windows Internet spam-tracking utilities. If you run Windows 95 or Windows NT, and you have even the remotest interest in tracking down where junk email originates from, or figuring out who to complain to about it, or just in understanding more about how Internet connectivity works, you owe it to yourself to download and install Sam Spade.

Fight For A Good CAUCE! CAUCE Banner

The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email has been established to put spammers out of business by working with U.S. legislators to criminalize spam. CAUCE deserves all our support. "Why," you ask?

Do The Math!

Would you like to have to wade through eight thousand, three hundred forty-five e-mail ads per day? Well, if the Direct Marketing Association's postion calling for "industry self-regulation" stands -- in other words, unless CAUCE is successful in the very near future -- YOU MIGHT VERY WELL BE FORCED TO DO IT!!
 

Take the Boulder Pledge!

"Under no circumstances will I ever purchase anything offered to me as the result of an unsolicited e-mail message. Nor will I forward chain letters, petitions, mass mailings, or virus warnings to large numbers of others. This is my contribution to the survival of the online community." -- Roger Ebert, at the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado

 I adhere to this principle. I recommend it to everyone.

 Make sure that everyone you do business with knows that you are serious about this, that these are the terms by which you agree to do business with them. They will think twice about the consequences if they were to violate those terms.

 Support the Garbage Collection!

Axel Zinser of Hannover, Germany, Era Eriksson of Helsinki, Finland, and Heiko Niemeier of Hildesheim, Germany, seem to have an even more morbid interest in documenting Junk EMail than I have. They have teamed up on a truly remarkable web site called The Garbage Collection, where they have devoted a sophisticated, indexed, searchable database to Junk EMail collected from around the world.

 They invite all comers to submit samples to their database, and provide detailed instructions in how to do it so that no header information is lost in the process. They even run a no-discussion mailing list, the traffic on which is devoted entirely to the headers and contents of junk email.

 No, I'm not about to subscribe to it... but I'm impressed with their willingness to make such a study of the subject, and wish them all the best in their efforts. They also offer some links that will be useful to people around the world interested in tracking down sources of junk email from outside the range of their own domain authority.

 I'll add more useful links as I come across them.
 

Read about the CAN-SPAM Law Here!

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