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January 09, 2008

The End of Spam

I've been thinking lately that Spam is all but gone from my life.  I almost never get Spam at work and what I do get is usually clearly related to some email list I signed up for.  One of my New Years resolutions was to unsubscribe from any mailing lists that I don't really care about, and I've been pleasantly surprised by how well that is being handled by most companies. 

The best companies have a link in the email, that when clicked takes me to a very simple page that says something like "Sorry to see you go, thanks."  The worst make me login to an account, that I've generally forgotten so I have to have them remind me of my account and password, resulting in several more unwanted emails.

This was on my mind because last night I logged into my email account tied to terrygold.com, which I almost never check.  Usually it is full of spam, but somehow magically my ISP had implemented spam filtering and it was all gone.

At work we're using Spam Assassin, but we're in the process of moving to Microsoft Forefront.  I have no idea what my ISP uses, but it works.

If you are still slogging through spam, make a New Years resolution to change email providers or to get a good Spam defense application.   Given the crude nature of a lot of spam, I'm surprised some attorney hasn't claimed "hostile work environment" on companies that don't deal with the problem.  Do it now and don't keep wasting time slogging through all the spam.

(And as always, thanks to the unsung heroes of IT for getting this under control!)

January 9, 2008 in Web/Tech | Permalink


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Cool New Years Resolution. I think I'll try it too.

Posted by: John | Jan 9, 2008 12:51:52 PM

Terry you guys should also take a look at Postini (just bought by Google). We've been using them for years and they are amazing at blocking spam. I swear they have some guy with a voodoo doll somewhere selling his soul to Satan to get it as good as they do. Just had to give them a plug, getting no spam is a wonderful thing...

Posted by: Ross Carlson | Jan 9, 2008 4:51:01 PM

Hey Terry,

Yeah, a few months ago, i found that my personal mail ISP had a filter that I needed to enable, so I wasn't using it. I coincidently turned it on the same day our company kicked in a spam filter on our corporate server. BAM. My spam went from 100-200 per day (most being caught by my local filter, but still reaching my computer).

I now feel like a person living underground in a war zone. It's nice and warm and quiet where i am. But if I lift the grating I find that I'm in a high traffic area and would be killed if I stepped outside. That's my analogy to going to my ISP mail program and looking at the temporary spam holder... it is still getting and filtering 100-200 per day.

They are still out there. But, your right. The magical IT dudes have really got this one reasonably figured out. Just stay underground.


Posted by: Jim Pollock | Jan 9, 2008 5:57:05 PM