Site Columns By Lisa
August 15, 2002 - 10:08 PM

Hello World!

Is anyone else sick of spam?

On average, around half to three quarters of all the email I get every day is spam. Its email I didn't ask for, that's trying to get me to buy or look at something I don't want. It's really demoralising to get that much in your inbox. I'm sure many of you will relate.

Recently I decided enough was enough, and that I should do something about it. I use Outlook, which isn't the smartest email program to use, I know, but I'm just addicted and can't find anything else with the same amount of features and that I like. But it did mean that a wide variety of plugins and stuff were available to use.

So far I've tried three separate programs to kill spam. Not including Outlook's own junk mail filtering. I found a HUGE problem with all these. People started asking me if I'd received mail they'd sent, and that never reached me. Playing with the custom settings also meant that more spam got let through.

Then yesterday, I discovered SpamNet. This handy Outlook plug in works on a sort of peer-to-peer basis, by tagging spam based on reports from other users. And, at least in my experience so far, it works.

It doesn't delete mail straight from the mail server, but moves spam into a separate folder, so you can check up on its observations. And apparently, the more people who sign up and help tag spam, the more accurate the system will get. I know I'm really impressed. This one will be a keeper.

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