Spam is killing me

My personal e-mail account has just gotten hammered with spam. Not sure what to do anymore. I get about 30 messages a day that don't get filtered away, and I simply can't be bothered to figure out what is going on. I've been toying with the idea of using mailblocks or just switching to using hotmail for all my non-work e-mail.

Challenge/Response seems pretty compelling at this point since I'd rather shift the burden to people trying to send me mail. I get like 5 messages a week sent to my personal e-mail account, so there isn't much value add for me to deal with the spam.

Comments (9)
  1. Rob Chartier says:

    Consider spambayes

    it is THE solution for spam. 😉

  2. Omar Shahine says:

    Is that client side? You see I would rather have something do the filtering on the server.

  3. I don’t know if it is possible for you, but I use my own domain name, and didn’t want client-side filtering since I use Outlook and OWA when I’m not home. So for $5/mo, I get spam and virus filtering through a service a friend of mine runs at

    He uses SpamAssassin to tag spam emails by putting "*SPAM*" in the subject, then I set my mail server to move all messages with that in the subject to the Deleted Items folder. Works like a charm.

    Pretty good for $5/mo! My server usage report for 3/1-3/15 showed I received 3,000 emails… probably 90-95% spam that I never saw.

  4. Omar Shahine says:

    Problem is, my current mail provider uses SpamAssasin, however, messages in the 1.0-3.0 account for most of the messages that are destroying my inbox.

  5. Jeff says:

    I know not everyone has their own box, but I use iMail from IPSwitch as my server and it works like a champ. You have to experiment with which black lists work best, and update their word lists from time to time, but for the most part I rarely have false positives and it catches 99.5% of the naughty stuff for me.

  6. I second It acutally gets smarter the more you use it..but yes, it is client side.


  7. Step 1: get all mail routed through an account at

    Step 2: Never report any spam that gets through.

    I’ve gone from 50 spam messages a day in my inbox to one or two a week and maybe 1 mail getting held at spamcop a month that shouldn’t have been.

  8. Omar Shahine says:

    Wow, thanks for the info about spamcop. Just signed up for the service.

  9. I’ve had a .edu account and a hotmail account forever – both were getting 30-50 spams a day, and were pretty much unusable as a result. Then a few months ago hotmail seemed to implement a much better spam solution, to the point where I’ve actually forwarded my .edu account to hotmail to take advantage of the filtering. I’m currently seeing one spam in my hotmail inbox every 1-2 days.

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