How do I stop emails for penis enlargement, rolex watches and the like? I’m getting dozens every day.
–Inundated in Islesboro
Just a couple of dozen a day? You’re getting off easy.
I’ve tried a number of third-party solutions over the years, including a personal favorite, SpamSieve (mac only.) Windows users have suggested some of their own favorites in another post here at the flyte blog.
Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that SpamSieve isn’t what it used to be; it
seems that more and more spam is getting through. More frustrating is
that often it’s the same messages over and over again:
Hello! I am tired today. I am nice girl that would like to
chat with you. Email me at Emma@whatever.com only, because I am using
my friend’s email to write this. Would you mind if I share some of my
pictures with you?
Recently while playing around with an autoresponder on our server I saw that I could enable SpamAssassin,
a spam filter that works on the server level. I’ve always avoided these
tools because I’m afraid of missing potential new business, and I’ve
felt that wading through tons of spam is the price we pay. However,
with over 200 pieces of spam a day I was willing to take a chance.
SpamAssassin has been amazing. Over the past week it has caught about
98% of my spam WITHOUT ONE FALSE POSITIVE! (A false positive is a good
email that’s tagged as spam.) It’s almost like I have an assistant
who’s vetting my emails. SpamSieve is then catching the remaining few
that do get through.
You can set SpamAssassin to any level you like:
This version of SpamAssassin runs on Apache, but there are also versions for Windows and Mac…just Google it.
It is by far the best spam blocking tool I’ve ever used.