Why is it Brightmail catches all the Spam without any end user interaction at all while Spam Assassin, even with MAPS and RBL help and a threshold setting of “3” still allows gobs of Spam to spittle onto you? Does Brightmail have an Army of Genius Monkeys who read and interactively reject all the bad mail?
How do you handle email Spam? Do you filter it yourself? Do you hire a company to handle it for you? How many Spam emails hit you a day? How much money do you spend a year to fight Spam?

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  1. I use AOL Communicator which allows me to check my e-mail without actually being on AOL, and it has a spam filter that automatically sends suspected spam to a separate folder. I do occasionally have to check that when I’ve signed up for something that sends a confirmation e-mail.
    However, if I’m checking mail from the AOL Web site, all the spam mixes in with regular mail.

  2. I use AOL Communicator which allows me to check my e-mail without actually being on AOL, and it has a spam filter that automatically sends suspected spam to a separate folder. I do occasionally have to check that when I’ve signed up for something that sends a confirmation e-mail.
    However, if I’m checking mail from the AOL Web site, all the spam mixes in with regular mail.

  3. I’m surprised you like AOL, Carla! How long have you had that account? Do you find AOL adult enough for your taste? The big companies like Hotmail and Google and AOL and Yahoo! all have excellent Spam filters on their services so you are smart to go with the big gangs who actually have power to stop the Spam.
    I do, however, know several webmasters and forum owners who ban anyone with an AOL address from their services because AOL so aggressively reports email messages as Spam when they are not. Their mail servers get unfairly Blacklisted by AOL and that means the forum owners email messages get blocked all over the internet to matter what mail service is used.

  4. Mainly, I just use AOL to have my mail account. I don’t feel like switching and having to e-mail all my friends/contacts/home business customers that my address has changed. It’s bad enough when I move! 😀
    So it doesn’t really matter about whether something is “adult enough.” Since I have a cable modem, I don’t have to rely on using AOL as a means to get on the Internet. I can just start Safari/Firefox, and I’m good to go.
    I also have a Yahoo! e-mail account that I started a few months ago when I wanted to do some freelancing and I wanted something that sounded more business-like. Needless to say, since I’m not freelance writing at the moment, I don’t remember the last time I checked it. 😳

  5. The new Yahoo! mail that is currently in beta looks like it might really be interesting. I haven’t been a fan of Webmail but now that the internet is easier to get on and stay on it gets more appealing every day to have your mail waiting for you wherever you are without having to rely on a local email program.

  6. I use Yahoo and GoDaddy for email. (I have domain names registered with both services).
    I get very little spam in the spam box.
    Yahoo is nice because it allows users to set up “throwaway” email accounts. If a merchant requires an email address, I can set up a throwaway email account specific to that merchant that can be deleted if not needed. (If you use different throwaway email addresses for different places, it will show which one sold your email address to spammers).
    I pick up my GoDaddy mail using my Yahoo account, so it gets double spam filtered.

  7. You have a smart system for Spam prevention, Chris. The problem I have is my domains have been around so long — a few longer than 10 years — the old mail server addresses are in a database so even if I delete all current MX records and replace them with a Spam filtering service, I still get Spam sent my way based on reserved server addresses that are not current but that still do exist.
    One solution to that phantom Spamming is to use a server side Firewall to block all incoming mail — and then allow only mail from certain IP addresses — my Spam Prevention service — to send me mail. That is radical and tough but it is really the only sure-fire solution.
    A less fantastic way to go would be to have Yahoo! pull all my mail and then I’d get double Spam coverage as you currently enjoy.
    Right now Yahoo! Mail is too ugly and too slow for me to use all day every day — but perhaps when the new Yahoo! Mail beta is over and the new interface and AJAX implementation are taken live I might change my mind.

  8. I have yahoo for my spam account and gets LOADS of it. What really irks me to no end is that my ISP email acct which I only use for my friends and bills gets spam and it pisses me off. I’ve been getting around 5 a day that make it to my inbox and I wish they’d hang each and everyone of those damn spammers or shift all the spam they dole out to their own inbox.

  9. I have yahoo for my spam account and gets LOADS of it. What really irks me to no end is that my ISP email acct which I only use for my friends and bills gets spam and it pisses me off. I’ve been getting around 5 a day that make it to my inbox and I wish they’d hang each and everyone of those damn spammers or shift all the spam they dole out to their own inbox.

  10. Hiya hterry!
    Finally someone who is as fed up with Spam as I am! Huzzah to you, I say! 🙂
    I agree Spam is everywhere and it is insidious! Darth Sidious, I say!
    I am implementing a new Spam system for all my domains — server side — as we speak… and in 60 minutes 98% of my incoming mail for a single GOINSIDE.COM account was Spam! The average is 83%. Isn’t that disgusting? Something must be done about this immediately!