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Blocking SPAM on Earthlink - Mac Networking

It seems that the new virus/worm/whatever is still going around is still sending lots of email to clog email boxes. The problem I was having is that each night enough email with attachments is being sent to cause my email space to be overloaded. I have a suffcient for most of the time 10MB of email storage. When my allocation goes over, I don't get the rest of themessages. Well, to combat this I firs went to Earthlink's Web Mail interface and started using SpamBlocker. It really didn't seem to do much good. With it I was able to add ...

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    Default Blocking SPAM on Earthlink

    It seems that the new virus/worm/whatever is still going around is still
    sending lots of email to clog email boxes.

    The problem I was having is that each night enough email with
    attachments is being sent to cause my email space to be overloaded. I
    have a suffcient for most of the time 10MB of email storage. When my
    allocation goes over, I don't get the rest of themessages.

    Well, to combat this I firs went to Earthlink's Web Mail interface and
    started using SpamBlocker. It really didn't seem to do much good. With
    it I was able to add some 500 addresses to my blocked sender list, and
    still I get the same amount of junk, and now I can't add anymore
    senders.

    I am afraid that some of the senders I have blocked may be customers or
    potential customers who may require support. So maybe I should unblock
    the email addresses that do not look like obvious fakes.

    I found a way to keep my allocation from overflowing... I just have Mail
    check and delete from server every hour.

    This does have a disadvantage, I can no longer put my system to sleep.
    It appears that I can allow the HD to spin down, and I also put the
    display to sleep.

    Has anyone else had simular problems? (I'm sure some have)

    More importantly, what solutions did you use? I don't reall y think
    mine is the best long term, so I'm looking for ideas.

    Thanks,

    AndyD
    Andy Dannelley Guest

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    Default Re: Blocking SPAM on Earthlink

    [email]andydaearthlink.net[/email] (Andy Dannelley) wrote:
    > It seems that the new virus/worm/whatever is still going around is still
    > sending lots of email to clog email boxes...
    > I found a way to keep my allocation from overflowing... I just have Mail
    > check and delete from server every hour...
    > Has anyone else had simular problems? (I'm sure some have)
    For a while, my email quota was filling up with swenspawn after fifteen minutes.
    > More importantly, what solutions did you use? I don't reall y think
    > mine is the best long term, so I'm looking for ideas.
    My ISP refuses to do any sort of filtering on incoming email. My
    "solution" is the same as yours, except I'm using POPmonitor to check
    every half hour and delete anything with an .exe file (and all fake
    Microsoft updates) without downloading.

    I've got two problems with doing it that way, though. First, my computer
    is an iBook, so if I want to take it with me my incoming email will get
    clogged about 20 minutes later. Second, I use a dialup connection...
    Alan Anderson Guest

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    Default Re: Blocking SPAM on Earthlink

    Andy Dannelley wrote:
    >
    > It seems that the new virus/worm/whatever is still going around is still
    > sending lots of email to clog email boxes.
    >
    > The problem I was having is that each night enough email with
    > attachments is being sent to cause my email space to be overloaded. I
    > have a suffcient for most of the time 10MB of email storage. When my
    > allocation goes over, I don't get the rest of themessages.
    >
    > Well, to combat this I firs went to Earthlink's Web Mail interface and
    > started using SpamBlocker. It really didn't seem to do much good. With
    > it I was able to add some 500 addresses to my blocked sender list, and
    > still I get the same amount of junk, and now I can't add anymore
    > senders.
    >
    > I am afraid that some of the senders I have blocked may be customers or
    > potential customers who may require support. So maybe I should unblock
    > the email addresses that do not look like obvious fakes.
    >
    > I found a way to keep my allocation from overflowing... I just have Mail
    > check and delete from server every hour.
    >
    > This does have a disadvantage, I can no longer put my system to sleep.
    > It appears that I can allow the HD to spin down, and I also put the
    > display to sleep.
    >
    > Has anyone else had simular problems? (I'm sure some have)
    >
    > More importantly, what solutions did you use? I don't reall y think
    > mine is the best long term, so I'm looking for ideas.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > AndyD
    I'm using Earthlink web mail to look at the headers and delete all the
    swen stuff. Have to do it every few hours to keep the 10 MB mailbox from
    filling up.

    My difficulty does not concern putting my computer to sleep; I just wake
    it up again when I want to go to Earthlink web mail to delete spam. My
    problem is puttin myself to sleep: The mailbox fills up in a few hours
    while I am sleeping.

    I opened a second mailbox in Earthlink and notified my contacts of the
    new address. I am keepin the old one open until I am sure I've notified
    everyone of directinterest of the new address.

    As you see from this message, I have begun using a phony From address on
    my Usenet postings, and do not use my real e-mail address. Maybe this
    will help in the future.

    Bill
    --
    Return address intentionally altered to avoid spam.
    B Collins Guest

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