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Wanda Witch
06-10-2008, 01:26 PM
Has anyone else been experiencing an increase in the amount of 'Spam Mail' recently? Until the past week or so I would generally receive, maybe, a half-dozen or so a day and delete them. Well, don't know what the dickens has happened but am getting as many as 15 at a time. I have yet to add then up but would give a reasonable guess at 30 or more daily. ???:shrug: Everything offered from soup to nuts. Very strange.

suzeeq
06-10-2008, 01:29 PM
It goes in cycles. Right now, my spam is down, but I only visit about a dozen or less sites and don't do a lot of internet cruising to different ones. That's where spambots pick up email addresses most, on the sites you visit.

susi
06-10-2008, 02:04 PM
criky if i get one a week its been bad. i can go a few months without any spam.

i only get knitting e mails that i want as spam type

that would drive me crazy

susi

Jan in CA
06-10-2008, 02:09 PM
I find I get more on some email addresses than others. Gmail gets a lot, but they are VERY good about having it go into the spam folder. My Cox email gets maybe 6 a day. Yahoo can go from none to 25 at a time. I don't know what is up with them, but it's my junk email so it doesn't bother me. I just click "spam" and send it there hoping it'll go away.

Since spam is NOT going away I suggest getting a Yahoo or Hotmail address (or somewhere) and using it for those sites that insist on having your email. I use Gmail primarily for forums like this KH.
I would be happy if I did get only soup and nuts..it's the prescriptions, viagra and people looking for a date and worse. :zombie:
:teehee:

MMario
06-10-2008, 02:22 PM
Considering that somewhere around 95% of all internet traffic is now spam, the filters do a pretty good job.

Wanda Witch
06-10-2008, 05:13 PM
criky if i get one a week its been bad. i can go a few months without any spam.

i only get knitting e mails that i want as spam type

that would drive me crazy

susi

Boy, I envy you. IF I only received one a week I would think something is wrong here. It just struck me as 'strange' this would increase all of a sudden. Thankfully, we have delete buttons.:wink:

Wanda Witch
06-10-2008, 05:17 PM
Thanks for the advice, Jan. I appreciate. I do have Yahoo e-mail and maybe this will simmer down. It isn't a big deal, just the increase recently I wondered why? Oh, I too have had (not Viagra, I don't think) but dating services, free (sure) vacations, restaurant offers. I don't open so maybe some are legit but I am too cautious to take a chance. Chalk it up to modern life, I guess.

HollyP
06-10-2008, 06:09 PM
I haven't noticed a huge jump. My junk mail folder always has quite a few and occasionally few slip by the filters. You know what weird is I've been getting a lot spam from the future! I had about 10 yesterday dated Jun 9, 2038. The day before they were from 2056.

kellyh57
06-10-2008, 07:09 PM
Gosh, you're lucky. I get hundreds a day. Yes HUNDREDS! Of course, I own the domain and anything addressed to @(domain).com goes to me. Two of them. People find our domain and blast out anything from webmaster to gibberish @(domain).com and it comes through. Most gets caught by my spam filter or junk folder, but a bunch still gets by. I don't want to bump my protection up too far though because I already miss good ones! (Darn Yahoo and their ads all over their email!) Oh yeah, I set up my own rules too. If you want an email to get through to me, don't include the word viagra :)

Kelly

Plantgoddess+
06-10-2008, 07:38 PM
I also use my yahoo and gmail address for sites I don't care if I hear from again and so all spam goes to those addresses. I have my main email through my provider and only business and family gets that one. I've never (knock wood) had a spam get through on that one.

suzeeq
06-10-2008, 10:14 PM
Yeah, when they date them for the future, they end up as the first ones you see. I've had a few that were dated 20 years ago or so, and had to dig back through to find and delete them.

brendajos
06-10-2008, 10:38 PM
I get a LOT to my yahoo account and am getting a lot more that are slipping through the filter lately. I didn't use to get a lot but it has definitely jumped for me lately. I decided to test it a couple of weeks ago and my spam filter had, literally, 1000+ e-mails in it over the course of a week. Since the yahoo account is the one i used for signing up for various websites i am not surprised by it. I only give the regular account address to sites or people i trust. And there are people out there who are tortured enough to have ALL my various e-mail addresses...lol :teehee:

lelvsdgs
06-11-2008, 02:26 PM
The tech folks at work told me (after I complained about the increase of porn and Viagra spam) that all they have to do is purposely misspell or add a number to a word and it can slip past the filter. They also told me that it definitley goes in waves and to just not open anything that comes from someone I don't know or haven't contacted.

Silver
06-11-2008, 02:55 PM
Gosh, you're lucky. I get hundreds a day. Yes HUNDREDS! Of course, I own the domain and anything addressed to @(domain).com goes to me.
Since you own your own domain, you can set up your email to bounce anything that's not directly addressed to a known mailbox. It will cut your spam drastically. I manage my own domain too (as well as client domains). The "good" mail will make it through to your mailbox as usual, but gibberish@yourdomain.com will be bounced back as undeliverable, so every spam mail the spammers sent ends up in THEIR mailbox, not yours. :thumbsup:


For everyone else, here's some tips on how to reduce your spam load even if you don't manage your own domains:

You need 3 email addresses. One is your high level private address, one is your medium level everyday online use address, and one is your trash box.

1. The high level private address. This is the one you have through your internet service provider, like yourname@bellsouth.net. NEVER, EVER, EVER post your ISP email address online. EVER. ONLY give this one to in-person family and friends or very important businesses like your bank or employer. Reason is that you can not change this email address unless you go with another ISP and once it's known to spammers, there's not much you can do besides rely on your ISP's spam filter which are often useless.

2. Your everyday online address. you@gmail.com. Get a gmail.com mailbox and use that address every time you want to enter your email address online, or in a store to join a mailing list, etc. (Do you still need invites to get one? PM me if you do.) Gmail's spam filter is one of the best I've seen and any and all spam goes directly to a spam folder that you don't even have to look at. Spam is automatically deleted after 30 days or you can flush everything with one click. If spam makes it into your inbox, click the "report as spam" button and it won't happen again! In addition, you can access your gmail through your POP or IMAP mail program like Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Apple Mail, or even your iPhone so you can get this mail in the same place you access your ISP mail.

3. Your trash box. Get a yahoo or hotmail email address for your junk email address. Use this when you want to enter a contest, apply for freebies, or any place online that requires your email address, and where you do not need further contact with them. Places that say they need your email address, but you don't want to give it to them. You will probably not need to access that mail box ever, and its a good thing because it will likely be sold to spammers and be barraged daily. But, you can always check in in case you need to find something.

Sorry, I don't mean to sound all preachy, I just wanted to give you a road map in case you don't know where to turn. Hope this helps! :hug:

brendajos
06-12-2008, 12:05 AM
yup... gotta say, though, that if you ever read some of the subject lines on those spam messages... they really can be quite funny!

Wanda Witch
06-12-2008, 11:43 AM
Since you own your own domain, you can set up your email to bounce anything that's not directly addressed to a known mailbox. It will cut your spam drastically. I manage my own domain too (as well as client domains). The "good" mail will make it through to your mailbox as usual, but gibberish@yourdomain.com will be bounced back as undeliverable, so every spam mail the spammers sent ends up in THEIR mailbox, not yours. :thumbsup:


For everyone else, here's some tips on how to reduce your spam load even if you don't manage your own domains:

You need 3 email addresses. One is your high level private address, one is your medium level everyday online use address, and one is your trash box.

1. The high level private address. This is the one you have through your internet service provider, like yourname@bellsouth.net. NEVER, EVER, EVER post your ISP email address online. EVER. ONLY give this one to in-person family and friends or very important businesses like your bank or employer. Reason is that you can not change this email address unless you go with another ISP and once it's known to spammers, there's not much you can do besides rely on your ISP's spam filter which are often useless.

2. Your everyday online address. you@gmail.com. Get a gmail.com mailbox and use that address every time you want to enter your email address online, or in a store to join a mailing list, etc. (Do you still need invites to get one? PM me if you do.) Gmail's spam filter is one of the best I've seen and any and all spam goes directly to a spam folder that you don't even have to look at. Spam is automatically deleted after 30 days or you can flush everything with one click. If spam makes it into your inbox, click the "report as spam" button and it won't happen again! In addition, you can access your gmail through your POP or IMAP mail program like Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Apple Mail, or even your iPhone so you can get this mail in the same place you access your ISP mail.

3. Your trash box. Get a yahoo or hotmail email address for your junk email address. Use this when you want to enter a contest, apply for freebies, or any place online that requires your email address, and where you do not need further contact with them. Places that say they need your email address, but you don't want to give it to them. You will probably not need to access that mail box ever, and its a good thing because it will likely be sold to spammers and be barraged daily. But, you can always check in in case you need to find something.

Sorry, I don't mean to sound all preachy, I just wanted to give you a road map in case you don't know where to turn. Hope this helps! :hug:
I just wanted to say personally again, Silver, thank you for the sage advice. Now I understand a lot better why I am getting so much junk e-mail that winds up in the 'spam' box. I do use my IP address, was totally unaware of the annoyances this could create. I fear I am somewhat computer illiterate. I will definitely keep this info you were kind enough to provide and should we move or I need to change my IP I will have better knowledge. Hey, you are not preaching, you are showing me the correct road, and believe me, I need all the help I can get. Again, thanks bunches. :thumbsup: