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January 2012

Date: 2006-05-22 16:49
Security: Public
Tags:public, spam
Subject: Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam...

[this is a public entry]

Over a year ago, I wrote a post about spam. Back then, I wrote:

Okay. So out of the 44 messages in my inbox as of this morning, 21 of them were spam. That's nearly 50%, people. *rolls eyes*
Wanna guess what the percentage is now? How does 70% strike you?

It's true. I looked at my inbox using the webmail interface just now, which displays 100 emails per page. I then selected to delete the spam I could easily identify just by subject and sender. I was even a little generous - some of the emails which I had were most likely spam, but had a vague enough subject that I didn't delete them offhand - I like to give emails the benefit of the doubt when it comes to spam.

After that, I hit the button to delete those emails. When the next page came back, my inbox was apparently 70 emails less than before - I started with 890 emails in my inbox (don't worry, I *do* read the ones I need to), and ended with 820. So 70 out of 100 emails were spam. Probably more.

Of course, there are a number of things to take into account with these figures. The first is that I use different addresses for *everything*. This means that depending on the email addresses they find, I could be listed many tens of times on the same spam list - all going to the same inbox, although the people using the addresses don't know that. This isn't pure speculation either - no less than 9 of my email addresses at my domain got more or less the same spam for "Penis Enlarge Patch", all of which were included in the count above.

I do *not* put addresses willy-nilly into forms. I don't sign up for free "Joke of the Day" lists or other silly things like that. And I *do* have spam filters on my email client, although I'm thinking I might need to employ stronger spam filters on the server. I hate deleting mail automatically, but I may be forced to at some point. (On a side note, I just noticed that SpamAssassin isn't operating properly. GAH. I'll see what I can do about that later.)

So, yeah. Things are not good.

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User: neilturner
Date: 2006-05-23 10:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

My spam problem probably isn't that bad. I say probably because I have SpamAssassin delete any emails that it is sure is spam as soon as they arrive, so they don't actually get as far as my inbox. Any that it is less confident about make it through, and I get about 3-4 of those per day. I don't know how much gets filtered out though.

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Senora Sassafrass: Camera!
User: sewcute
Date: 2006-09-21 03:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Well if you add me to your friends list, then the SPAM percentage will go down. . .cause I will be leaving you so many LJ comments ;)

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Senora Sassafrass: Frog peep
User: sewcute
Date: 2006-09-21 03:10 (UTC)
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Subject: (no subject)

I have the SAME issue with my gmail account. When I got it, I had NEVER used it at all, except to send stuff from my yahoo account to my gmail account. . .cause of the space.

but I was getting Spam. . .to an account I did not use. . .at this point, I have used my gmail account for maybe 2 sign ups. . .and I think I get more spam there than I do my yahoo one which I have been using for about 5 years now.

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User: fredtheavenger
Date: 2008-01-04 17:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

I use separate email addresses for every sign-up, all forwarded to the one that I actually check. If one sells my address, I can tell who it is, complain, then route everything from that address to :blackhole:.

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