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interweb rss aggregated spam for the sake of what?

What is the point of non-advertising-based RSS aggregator bot blogs? [more inside]
posted by analogue on Mar 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Is my form mail script being used to send spam?

I have a website with a feedback form script. Suddenly, over the past week, I've been getting a lot of weird, spam-like mail sent to me via this script. (It doesn't actually sell products--it just contains gibberish, of the sort that might be used to confuse spam filters.) I'm more worried that my feedback form is being used to spam other people. How can I figure out if this is the case? And either way, how can I stop abuse of my feedback form? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 15, 2006 - 11 answers

Is this spam?

I received an e-mail claiming to have found my ad on a personals site for people over 40 (I'm 27). Is this mistaken identity, or some clever new form of spam? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Feb 25, 2006 - 7 answers

A spammer may be about to sue me.

I'm wondering if writing "dreamhomesolution4u.com is marketed heavily by using spam." on a personal site should be enough to land me in trouble. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Feb 24, 2006 - 14 answers

Email woes: AOL, Reverse DNS and Network Solutions.

Email from my company's domains aren't making it to AOL users... why is this so hard to fix? [more inside]
posted by o2b on Feb 24, 2006 - 8 answers

die spam die.

Help me deal with email: I have a couple domain names, and I get obscene amounts of spam and garbage email. I'd like to setup a system to help deal with all of it, but I'm not very familiar with server-side email setup beyond the basics. [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Feb 24, 2006 - 15 answers

Why the sudden spam increase?

Why have I suddenly started receiving a TON of spam - all with the subject line "Software" from what sounds like Groucho Marx characters (ie Unknowing G. Bottomfeeder)? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Feb 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Wuz she hax0r3d?

Wuz she hax0r3d?
Scenarios that explain this situation, please: Someone (not I) tries to connect to the 'Net on her AOHell account & gets an error message, the gist of which is "Ain't gonna log you on; reppy5 is already logged on to your account at another location." reppy5 is not one of the accounts/screen-names she has ever created. Has she been hacked? Used as a zombie? Hacked by a zombie? A zombie for what, for spam? [more inside]
posted by Shane on Feb 3, 2006 - 12 answers

Setting up SPF on shared hosting

An AskMefi question today about joe-job spam has me interested in setting up a preventative SPF record for my business server, which is a hosted domain at Dreamhost. However I do all my mail through my home DSL, connecting via SMTP to my domain at Dreamhost. Is an SPF record a viable solution? Can I put in a range of my ISP's addresses to whitelist them in SPF? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten on Feb 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Someone has been masking my domain name...

Someone has been masking my domain name and started to bulk spam. Now when I send an email to a client 9 times out of 10 it will be in their Spam Filter. How can I resolve this. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Feb 3, 2006 - 10 answers

Wordpress spam comments don't disappear from Recent Comments

I have a WordPress blog (linked on my profile page if that's helpful). It is set up to notify me when there are comments on postings. I've been getting spam comments and deleting them. They disappear from the post where they appeared. However, they DON'T disappear from the "recent comments" module on my homepage. This module contains a link to the spam URLs they are propagating. I know some SQL but almost no PHP. Is this a common problem? Any suggestions?
posted by scarabic on Jan 28, 2006 - 11 answers

How can I get rid of a popup on my website?

How can I get rid of a popup on my website? [more inside]
posted by lorbus on Jan 24, 2006 - 13 answers

Spam Analysis Project (personal)

I have been looking for a way to analyze the spam I get. [more inside]
posted by raildr on Jan 16, 2006 - 3 answers

My gmail address has been joe jobbed... solution?

My Gmail account has been Joe Jobbed... anything I can do about it?
posted by Manhasset on Jan 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Who will forward my mail?

I want to forward mail from "mydomain.com" to "mycurrentisp.com" forever. I'm currently using MailShell to do this but they seem to suffer performance problems. What's the best way to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by dhacker on Dec 27, 2005 - 14 answers

How to autoformard GMail Spam messages ?

How can I autoforward my Gmail messages labelled as "SPAM" [more inside]
posted by labnol on Dec 23, 2005 - 5 answers


Miss Mefi Manners: What's the proper way to respond to a relative who has sent you a hoax email? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 9, 2005 - 27 answers

Fighting WordPress spam

Best spam-fighting solutions for WordPress? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Dec 8, 2005 - 17 answers

Challenge based spam filtering

Can anyone recommend a challenge-based spam filtering system with good usability? mailblocks.com recently shut down. [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Dec 8, 2005 - 16 answers

Is the domain I'm acquiring tainted by its past life as a spam source?

I've found a domain name I want to acquire from its current owner, and it looks like I may be able to do so. The IP address at which the domain resides is listed in a spam blacklist database. If I acquire the name and give it a new IP address, I assume that particular problem goes away. What's the best place, though, to check and see if the domain name itself is widely considered to be a spam source? Should I consider the IP listing to sully the domain -- am I buying a potential Superfund site? [more inside]
posted by precipice on Dec 4, 2005 - 5 answers

Secure form mail script?

Can anyone recommend a secure form mail script? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Nov 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Killing Spam Dead in OSX?

Killing Spam dead (osx and other strategies.) What tools/strategies are you using? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Nov 26, 2005 - 25 answers

Stop the circulars

Isn't there any way to permanently block delivery of unaddressed junk (USPS) mail? The post office insists on cramming increasingly thick stacks of "Occupant", "Resident", etc mail into the box every day and it's become ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Nov 21, 2005 - 15 answers

five-digit spam

Does anybody have any idea what's going on with this kind of comment spam? I'm getting scads of it, with no URLs but always a mention of a five-figure number. "I've managed to save up roughly $55085 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?"
posted by languagehat on Nov 18, 2005 - 18 answers

How can I get spammers to stop using an email address?

This might sound like a stupid question, but I have heard of techniques that advanced users might use to foul up the spammers method of harvesting email addresses. It involves creating web pages and using bait or something, but I'm not sure how it works. And I can't concoct a google search that gets me the advice I am looking for. So webmins, how do you create a network of webpages that will have spammers getting so fed up with a specific email address that they will drop it from their list?
posted by a.blue on Nov 14, 2005 - 11 answers

How can we stop spammers from using our domain?

I think someone is using our domain name to send spam from. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat on Nov 6, 2005 - 9 answers

What software to use for managing temporary email addresses on a linux server?

Help me find mail software or filters to manage temporary email addresses on my linux server. [more inside]
posted by splice on Nov 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Phantom e-mail

Phantom e-mail: I keep getting e-mail messages that don't appear to be from anyone at all. No sender, no recipient, no subject. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Oct 29, 2005 - 18 answers

mac email spam outburst

A sudden increase in spam making it past my email client's filters. I'm on a Mac using "Mail" for my email program. Up until three days ago, my junk filter caught all but a couple of spam emails. Now, for some reason, about ten times more spam emails seem to be making it past my filters. Any ideas why this is or how I can get back to a better signal-to-noise ratio?
posted by sharksandwich on Oct 29, 2005 - 15 answers

Help me delete spam!

I have a very basic requirement that Apple Mail doesn't seem to easily fulfill. I need to immediately delete messages that are identified as junk from the server. [more inside]
posted by mikel on Oct 20, 2005 - 15 answers

A different type of keyword spamming

I have been noticing more and more websites using Google to index their restricted content. For example, this search (top item) brings up what is supposedly a full 30 KB paper, but visiting the link we get a different page that goes to a login. Even the cache carries the false page. Are these websites abusing Google, or is Google permitting it and why? Why doesn't this stuff belong under the ads?
posted by zek on Oct 19, 2005 - 10 answers

New Gmail Spam & Pop-ups

I've experienced a lot of new spam and back-end pop-ups in the last 5 days or so in my G-mail account. Is anyone else experiencing the same? What can I do to get rid of it?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Oct 19, 2005 - 13 answers

Is more Spam getting through Thunderbird's Junk Filter lately?

Is more Spam getting through Thunderbird's Junk Filter lately? [more inside]
posted by Cookiebastard on Oct 18, 2005 - 12 answers

Why no spam on Sundays?

I've noticed a dramatic (like 80%) reduction in spam on Sundays. Am I alone? Any ideas why this would be? Might this reveal anything useful for the eternal battle against the hideous stuff?
posted by clicktosubmit on Oct 10, 2005 - 21 answers

Buried Under Spam

My co-blogger and I upgraded from Movable Type 2.64 to MT 3.2, mostly for the rumored spam-fighting hottness. But now we're finding ourselves having to go through and manually junk thousands of spam comments every day, tediously picking out the real stuff. We've got the latest MT-Blacklist installed, but it doesn't seem to be doing a thing, and seems to have less functionality (where'd the de-spam option go??) than our old MT-Blacklist plugin. We're getting buried, and nothing seems to be working the way it should. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Sep 30, 2005 - 10 answers

False positive spam problem with hotmail

Despite plenty of googling, and even email with Microsoft's support - I cannot seem to solve my problem. I'm wondering if perhaps any of my fellow geeks have had this problem: I run a web/email server of my own, colocated in a highly reputable facility. For some reason, Hotmail views any email coming from my box as spam, and tosses it in a junk folder. I've done all the checks to make sure I don't have an open spam relay problem, etc. I've checked all the blacklists I can think of -- I'm not on any of them. [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Sep 29, 2005 - 11 answers

Would you wanna get to know each other and hang out sometime?

What do the friendster spammers want from me? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon on Sep 29, 2005 - 11 answers

Gmail spam filter + MT notifications = trouble!

How can I get Gmail to whitelist all my blog comment notifications? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow on Sep 13, 2005 - 5 answers

Qmail and an open relay

*Qmail* - I have a server that seems to be having a spamming issue. It's a Plesk/linux box. I'm not convinced that one of the accounts on the server is directly responsible. So I ran a test looking for open relays. I seem to have found one. [more inside]
posted by Necker on Sep 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Open source e-mail scalability

I am responsible for setting up and maintaining a mail server for small web-hosting type business. We currently host about 75 domains, around 100 mailboxes and due to the efforts of our sales team, we are wanting to get ready for some great increases in those numbers. I am worried about my current configuration and ease of administration. More importantly (well, at least to the customers) is email deliverability -- it seems that messages delivered to some big players are being marked as SPAM or disappearing altogether. I am asking for insight and advice on 1) if my current choice of software/configuration is a good match for this situation and 2) if there any additional measures I might take to ensure email deliverability? [more inside]
posted by id on Aug 26, 2005 - 1 answer

How long does (actual, canned) spam really last?

I found a can of spam in the trunk of my car which, I think, was purchased in 1996. I wondered: Is it still safe to eat? Me-Fites: How old was the oldest can of spam you ever ate? Is it true that spam's shelf life is "indefinite?". Is it a good idea to keep cans of spam in my car/boat/cabin for emergencies (I'm stranded in a blizzard and need meat, etc)? If so, should I worry that extended bouts exposed to high temperatures (100+ degrees F) in my car trunk will reduce the shelf life of these cans of spam?
posted by zenorbital on Aug 9, 2005 - 22 answers

.htaccess security help

Web site security question: How can I protect my .htaccess file? [more inside]
posted by TBoneMcCool on Jul 21, 2005 - 10 answers

what's the deal with gibberish spam?

what's the deal with gibberish spam that doesn't sell you anything? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jul 17, 2005 - 11 answers

Reporting Spam

How to report unwanted e-mail to sender's ISP? I've asked not to be sent any more emails but sender continues--just to annoy me. Besides reporting to the FTC, how can I report it, should I report it to the senders ISP?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jul 12, 2005 - 9 answers

What's the safest way to put a clickable e-mail address on the web?

E-mail obfuscators. Is it even worth it? Surely spam harvesters have evolved to the point where almost nothing is a sure thing, but what's the safest way to put a clickable e-mail address on the web? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Jun 25, 2005 - 27 answers

Should I bother to FWD phishing attempts

Someone tries to phish me every day. Until recently, I have dutifully FWDed these attempts to spoof@whatever.com. As phishing has become even more ubiquitous, it occurs to me that there's no way that the target companies can possibly wade through it all. Should I bother FWDing the attempts?
posted by trharlan on Jun 6, 2005 - 9 answers

My emails to various AOL addresses get rejected...

My emails to various AOL addresses get rejected... [more inside]
posted by stevejensen on Jun 2, 2005 - 11 answers


I need some suggestions for cookbooks with really odd recipes. Cookbooks that have colorful themes or contain recipes that always seem to list canned peaches or SPAM in their ingredients are good for starters but anything really bizarre, unique, or old-timey will do.
posted by rokabiri on May 23, 2005 - 18 answers

spam filter for outlook POP

I'm using Outlook 2000 and the built-in"keyword" spam filtering is a joke. ("viagra" is on my list, and a search of my inbox finds 29 emails with that word, even after running the rule manually.) What are people using on the client side to filter spam with Outlook (using POP, not Exchange)? No challenge/response, please, as this is used for business. The free-er the better.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Apr 29, 2005 - 16 answers

SpamAssasin blacklisting

Can anyone help me sort out some particulars regarding how whitelisting and blacklisting works with SpamAssasin? [more inside]
posted by spilon on Apr 22, 2005 - 6 answers

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