Apple Mail and the Bounce feature

The other day, I was talking with a friend of mine who owns a Mac and how he finds the Bounce feature of Apple mail very useful.  "Bounce feature?" I asked.  "Is that what I think it is?" I don’t use Apple Mail anymore.  I do have a Mac but I use it mostly (though…


Stories from China – part 4

(Note to readers: Most parts of this story have been made up for creative license). Continuing on from my previous story, I had taken a trip to China and had gone to the Great Wall where a spammer had confronted me.  He was very angry that I had gone to great lengths to stop his…


Stories from China – part 3

Continuing on from my previous story (most parts of which are embellished for creative license… including this one), I had reached the top of the Great Wall of China.  Myself and a friend I met on my trip were hot, sweaty and a little tired, but we had made it.  I didn’t expect to expend…


Stories from China – part 2

The second part of my story from China includes the completion of one of my lifelong dreams – visiting the Great Wall of China. One of the tours in my trip that I purchased included a trek to the Great Wall.  In case you’ve been living in a cave, on Mars, with your hands in…


Notes from China – part 1

So I’ve now been back from China for a few days now.  I thought that my readers might be interested in a bizarre story that occurred while I was there.  This is loosely based on a true story, some (ie, most) parts have been enhanced/created for dramatic flair. As many of us in the antispam…


Viruses on the streets of China

While I was in the city of Xi’an, I lost my digital camera.  Whether I lost it or if it was stolen, I am not sure.  I’m about 70% sure I lost it. Anyhow, I ended up losing pictures from about half of my trip (Beijing, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors).  So what…


Spamming on the streets of China

I just got back from my trip to China.  It was a pretty good trip, all in all, and I have some interesting stories.  Here’s the first: on the streets of Shanghai, they have spammers all over the place. I visited Beijing, Xi’an, Suzhou and Shanghai.  The last one was the worst.  All over the…


No blogging for the next couple of weeks

I’m out of the country, wandering around China for the next couple of weeks (be vewwy, vewwy quiet… I’m hunting spam-muhs!).  So, no blogging until I get back. In the meantime, feel free to browse my archives of posts.  I’m sure you’ll find some awesomeness in there somewhere.


The merits and hazards of redundancy

In an ideal world, all you would really need in order to do spam filtering is one filter – this filter would be able to do everything.  It would catch spam, keep the obvious stuff out of the network and let all of the good mail through. In the real world, we use multiples layers…


To collaborate or not?

We’re at the state now where the problem of spam has grown to the point that it threatens to ruin the Internet.  Spammers and their botnets spew out piles of mail, infect computers worldwide, sign up for free web accounts, create landing pages in free web accounts… left unfettered, eventually their use up all the…


A CAPTCHA that beats bots and spammers

A coworker came across the following CAPTCHA.  Finally, one that can beat spammers and their bots!


Funny spam image

I was surfing the web looking for spam images for a presentation and came across the following.  Very amusing.


Whose fault is it, anyway?

Continuing on in my theme of security, I recently asked myself the question "If you reveal to someone some information and ask them not to share it, and then that information later on leaks, whose fault is it?" Let me give you a specific example I am thinking of.  A company invites all of its…