How do you handle INCOMING SPAM?

Started by CountryLady, February 21, 2006, 01:29:53 am

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CountryLady

How do you handle large incoming Spam loads on your servers?
I use gmail as my catchall email account so I don't see a lot of SPAM myself,
but if I were to transfer to your hosting service, do you have any suggestions
on how to minimize incoming SPAM so it is not a problem to your shared servers?

Does everyone with a domain name get tons of email to
assorted_names@domainname.com?
Over the years I've used a lot of @domainname.com addresses, so that makes
it hard to use forwards, and then discard catchall emails.

Thanks. :)
Chance favors the prepared. Come join us at OurCountryHaven.

Jason

Quote from: CountryLady on February 21, 2006, 01:29:53 am
How do you handle large incoming Spam loads on your servers?
I use gmail as my catchall email account so I don't see a lot of SPAM myself,
but if I were to transfer to your hosting service, do you have any suggestions
on how to minimize incoming SPAM so it is not a problem to your shared servers?

Does everyone with a domain name get tons of email to
assorted_names@domainname.com?
Over the years I've used a lot of @domainname.com addresses, so that makes
it hard to use forwards, and then discard catchall emails.

Thanks. :)


Spam Assassin is standard on cPanel accounts.  You can enable this and set it to be as strict (or loose) as you prefer.

We are also using multiple blacklists on Thunder in order to lessen the volumes even more.   We can definitely institute this across other servers if requested.   There was a need to do this for Thunder at one point and it's proved helpful since then. 

Personally, I use Spam Assassin set moderately high to tag all incoming spam with its own subject prefix.  Then I have my Outlook setup to toss any incoming messages with that prefix.  In essence, when I run outlook at home, I never even see incoming spam.  That probably leaves me with maybe 10 or so spam messages to delete a day, however, that's also across about 5 email accounts I check.  I've also been using my personal address for at least 5 years from now so I think that's pretty impressive.

I also set my default address to blackhole any email not addressed to a specific address or forwarder.

Gmail is impressive though when it comes to spam.  Their built-in filtering system works wonders, doesn't it!?  ;)

CountryLady

So Spam Assassin actually keeps the mail from impacting the server? :o
If SO......Wonderful~!

Chance favors the prepared. Come join us at OurCountryHaven.

Jason

Quote from: CountryLady on February 21, 2006, 01:52:13 pm
So Spam Assassin actually keeps the mail from impacting the server? :o
If SO......Wonderful~!


Well, you can set it to file email to a certain folder (which I don't do), or you can just have it rewrite the subject lines.  Then you set a "rule" in your mail client to search for those messages an do something with them.

So I have spam assassin change the subject lines of my email that's spam to

[SPAM]subjectline

Then I have Outlook set to look for that subject prefix and immediately delete it. 

So technically, it's still impacting the server, it's just not bugging me as much as having to filter through it by hand would.


CountryLady

Chance favors the prepared. Come join us at OurCountryHaven.

Jason