Once in a while I go into my gmail Spam folder and I notice that there is the odd email in there that isn't actually spam. One time there was an email from amazon.com telling me that I sold a book and to ship it... whoops! Is there anything I can do about this besides reading every spam email that I get?
posted by GleepGlop
on Nov 15, 2008 -
WordpressFilter: Haven't blogged in about three months, and am considering a return at the same URL, but don't want to inherit all my old spam comments. Would deleting the Wordpress installation at that address then re-installing it essentially reset the spam, allowing me to better control it this time? FWIW, I've been using Akismet, etc., to monitor and catch most spam but would like as clean a slate as possible.
posted by sjuhawk31
on Nov 4, 2008 -
I'm using Outlook 2007. It keeps trying to send spam emails! When I start it says that it has 980 messages to send, and once it's done one it'll say it's sent 1 of 981 etc and so on (this happens when I have it offline and let it run for a bit). I've run a few virus scanners and they've all come back saying it's clean. What's even more annoying is that my other computer has also started doing this. [more inside]
posted by kg
on Oct 10, 2008 -
It's become apparent that my computer may have a Trojan. I just received a Returned Mail notice for mail I never sent, which instead of displaying my name it displayed "jasen kimberly," and was sent to a strange russian email address: email@example.com. I'm concerned that this may be the result of a trojan "phoning home," or using my computer to send spam.
posted by matkline
on Oct 5, 2008 -
I've got a personal site/blogg-ish thing and I get comment spam. The odd thing is that much of it doesn't contain any links. It's just some random words. What is the point of this? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile
on Sep 25, 2008 -
Help -- I'm drowning in spam.
I'm looking for a spam filter that is reliable and won't go nuts with my Norton 360 security system.
I had a filter that I loved (Mailblocks -- a challenge based system) but aol bought the company to put it out of business.
posted by Newstuffoldstuff
on Sep 13, 2008 -
When I registered to vote here in San Francisco I made the mistake of putting down my permanent forwarding email. Now I get a bunch of spam about candidates and initiatives. Is there a way to make it stop?
posted by CruiseSavvy
on Jul 31, 2008 -
On our website, we've got a little one-field form where people can fill in their e-mail address and sign up for our mailing list. The form seems to now be the target of spammer-hacker bastards, and random people are complaining about being signed up for a list they've never heard of. What should we do, besides take down the form altogether? The only thing that comes to mind is a captcha (but that adds another step to what should be a one-step process). [more inside]
posted by chrominance
on Jun 3, 2008 -
Which is a better option for controlling spam? Buying the IMail Premium Anti-Spam filter for our existing IMail mail server or migrating our mail to Google Apps for Your Domain? [more inside]
posted by bcarroll
on Apr 15, 2008 -
Kinda strange Wordpress plugin request: We're looking for a contact form with image submission that also employs a captcha or similar form of validation. [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Mar 5, 2008 -
My friend just - 30 minutes ago - entered a bunch of information in a PayPal phishing website. What should he do right now? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay
on Mar 3, 2008 -
How can I stop cell phone spam?
I have a cell phone with Verizon Wireless. I have voice and text messaging, but not data. I've been receiving text spam messages recently. These text messages appear to come from an e-mail address. My cell phone is on the national do not call registry.
posted by cleverevans
on Feb 6, 2008 -
I have been the victim of a joe job
. This means that spammers are putting my domains into the "reply to" of their spam messages, resulting in a barrage of auto-replies to my inbox.
I am also being stalked by my ex-girlfriend. She has already vandalized my window, my car, and myspace page. She's pretty computer savvy, but I'm not aware of a method that would allow an individual (ie. not a professional spammer) to pass a domain onto a spammer. Is it possible that she is behind this?
posted by TigerCrane
on Feb 1, 2008 -
Can I do anything about a spammer using my e-mail address to answer ads on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by korres
on Jan 24, 2008 -
My hotmail acct has been hacked/cracked and is being used to spam people including a few MeFites. I'm pissed and concerned. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by snsranch
on Dec 31, 2007 -
I found an rtf file in my documents folder in vista that contained instruction on how to get a free ipod by refering friends to a site. I have not downloaded this. Is my computer compromised? Should I do anything? Did it matter that i opened it in word?
posted by ilike
on Dec 26, 2007 -
Romanian spam? Anyone here able to read what I think is Romanian? [more inside]
posted by ohio
on Dec 8, 2007 -
What do I do if a web site I maintain has been hacked? I've inherited maintenance of a web site, but I am mostly a front-end person, design and front end coding, so I am completely out of my depth here. Someone is using a user's identity to post hundreds of spam posts on the message board... really disgusting ones. The user has changed her password multiple times so I'm guessing they have another in. When I look at the database since they are both posting often (the real user and the spammers) I can't tell what IP address the spammers are posting from to block it. After that I'm lost... any suggestions?
posted by semidivine
on Oct 27, 2007 -
I have an idea for yet another hairbrained social networking website (which paradoxically might hit it big :-) ). I've coded most of it up on a linux server using apache, php, mysql at softlayer.com. The hostname is registered at godaddy (which I can change if desirable). What's the minimum I need to do the following (I'd rather work on the website application logic and learn as little as possible about mail server administration for now): [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Someone posted a spam comment on my blog that came from IP address "192.168.0.165". Since that IP address is reserved for private networks, how on earth did they do that? Is this "IP spoofing"? If so, how does it work?
posted by simonw
on Oct 19, 2007 -
Since I posted my resume online, I keep receiving employment offers that don't seem to have anything to do with my field. However, since I'm not finding anything in my field, I'm tempted to take something else. How do I know if these offers are legit? [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Oct 9, 2007 -
Every time I send an email from my cox.net account to my mom's MSN mail account, I get an autoreply from MSN saying there are complaints about my IP address sending junk mail. Huh? [more inside]
posted by uaudio
on Oct 2, 2007 -
Can I sue the American Family Association for UCE, spam and/or breach of contract for not removing me from their mailing database? [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on Oct 1, 2007 -
I work at a small company with an Exchange server. We need OK spam protection. In an effort to move them to a more FOSS workcycle, I'm advocating SpamAssassin. Basically, I need it to work in our Windows Environment. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox
on Sep 20, 2007 -
PHPFilter: I'm about to write part of a web application that allows visitors to submit ratings and comments for events. How can I keep spam to a minimum? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Sep 10, 2007 -
Help! Local Coffee House's online community forum has been taken over by spammers & pervs! Can you provide easy to follow, clear instructions on how to take down unwanted posts? [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor
on Aug 30, 2007 -
Can anyone recommend an email whitelist system that works with my existing hosting service? I want to defeat the spam. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman
on Aug 28, 2007 -
I have a gmail account. Love it. However, after successfully avoiding spam for months, I've been found. I'm getting 20 pieces of spam a day at least. It goes to the spam box, but even that annoys me.
Is there any way I can further block spam in gmail? I really don't want to get a new email address.
posted by miltoncat
on Aug 28, 2007 -
For over a decade I have homed at a Mom&Pop ISP. They used to be good but now they are having frequent outages and seem to be soon to expire.
I guess I should move my email identitie(s) somewhere else but what is the best way? [more inside]
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts
on Aug 4, 2007 -
Blog spam question-- why would blog spammers only be posting on a single (months old) entry on my blog? [more inside]
posted by miss tea
on Aug 3, 2007 -
MySpace Filter: How to block out spam messages (once you've already blocked spam friend invites and comments). [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31
on Jul 31, 2007 -
More than half my outgoing emails wind up in spam folders. I realize that it's inevitable this will happen sometimes, but how can I minimize it?
I use gmail, and I do not, fwiw, use words like "mortgage", "refinance" or "penis" in my messages. I sometimes use a sig, but it's non-hypeish. I do often send links in the body of my emails.
One solution is to follow up re: unreplied-to emails, but 1. if someone did receive my mail but hasn't had time to reply, I look pushy and 2. chances are that my follow-up will be spam filtered, too.
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Jul 12, 2007 -
A sick twist on scam e-mails. Is it worthwhile to do anything about this threatening, extorting e-mail? Has anyone else gotten anything like this? [more inside]
posted by The Deej
on Jun 28, 2007 -