By John R. Levine

This e-book offers a few recommendations for protecting your electronic mail tackle off spammers' mailing lists and, while that fails, protecting unsolicited mail from your fundamental inbox with filters and different utilities.

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When you get messages from a mailing list or e-mail newsletter, the address of the newsletter usually appears on the To line of the message. com. To tell Outlook 2003 that the current message from a mailing list isn’t spam, choose ActionsÍJunk E-MailÍAdd Recipient to Safe Recipients List. You can review the entries on the list by choosing ToolsÍ Options, clicking the Junk E-Mail button, and clicking the Safe Recipients tab. Turning On Junk E-Mail Blocking (Outlook 2000 and Outlook 2002) Neither Outlook 2000 nor Outlook 2002 has the more sophisticated Outlook 2003 ways of spotting spam; they identify spam only by the address of the sender or addressee or by words or phrases on the Subject line or in the text of a message.

In addition, many (but not all) computers are assigned names that are more easily remembered by humans. some-crazy-website. com, and the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) translates the names into numbers for you. When you have a number but no name, or a name but no number, the program nslookup (also known as name system lookup) does a reverse lookup for you and gets you what you need. Investigate the Contents of the Spam You should remember that you don’t want to just stop spammers at the source of the spam — you also want to shut down the operation advertised in the spam.

You’re aided in this effort by the fact that most ISPs forbid their customers to spam — from anywhere — to advertise activities hosted on their network. Thus, even if a spammer is using a UUNet dial-up to send out spam that advertises a Web site being hosted by someone else, both UUNet and the site hosting the Web site may give the spammer the boot. You should look in the text of the spam message for any identifiable information or clues, such as an e-mail address or a Web address. Suppose that the spammer’s message contains the following text: Wholesale Prescription Medications DISCREET OVERNIGHT PHARMACY!

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