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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, SPAM?


I don't get it, I have tried everything in Entourage and still I get more spam and worse yet I only will get a few moved to Junk Mail? What is up with that? I have my protection to high and still it keeps coming. I don't know why SPAM has got such a bad rap and why is it called SPAM anyway?

posted by One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy @ 9:44 AM,

2 Comments:

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous David W said...

It's funny. I deal with this stuff all the time as I am the email admin at my company. I take care of about 3500 users email. The origins of where spam came from was that it was not called SPAM because SPAM is bad but it was named after the Monte Python SPAM skit. The skit goes something like a nice lady and husband are out to dinner and they are asking about what was on the menu but everything has SPAM in. The husband keeps saying but I don't want SPAM. I know it's lame but that's where it came from. Unwanted SPAM. (I'm not kidding that's where the term came from)

As for ways to stop, SPAM. Entourage isn't the best at learning what SPAM is. Mail.app learns a little better as it has two stages: training and automatic. You can actually tell it what is SPAM and what is not and if you train it for approximately3 or 4 months it will have a pretty good idea what you want and what you don't.

Of course the real issue is that what are you getting SPAM wise. Are these unsolicited emails or unwanted emails? If you signed up for lists or accounts with your email account, these are simply unwanted emails and technically not spam as you gave them the right to send you emails.

Here are the rules that I tell all of my users about how to limit their SPAM:

1. NEVER open the emails, even in the preview pane. Right click on the email and delete it. A lot of spam emails have hidden one pixel images that have a long number assigned to them that they can trace that some one opened them. Once they see you have opened the email, they realize it's a good address and they send you more SPAM

2. Don't click the unsubscribe links. This is another way to show that you email address is active and they just send you more SPAM

3. Open up a SPAM email account. Use a GMAIL or Hotmail account for signing up for things on line. This way your primary email account doesn't get bombared with SPAM.

Lastlly, you may want to change your email address and start with a fresh account. That way you can start with a fresh clean email account and you won't have to deal with all the spam. Hope that will help.

If you want to learn more about spam go here.

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I was going to suggest contacting David, but he beat me to it! :)

 

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