Generally refers to techniques that aid in avoiding receiving any email or message that is either unwanted or unsolicited.

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Does e-mail address obfuscation actually work? [closed]

Most of the time when I see someone post their email address online, especially if it's a personal address, they use something like me [at] example [dot] com instead of the actual email address ...
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How can I gently explain to non-techie friends they are the victim of a hoax? [closed]

We all have them. On Facebook, Twitter, even in email. That friend (or friends) that rebroadcast every hoax from abandoned puppies, abducted little girls or whichever political outrage email is ...
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IP address that is the equivalent of /dev/null

Is there an IP address that would result in any packet sent to be ignored (blackholed)? I know I can always set up a router with an IP address and then just have it ignore all packets sent to it, but ...
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Is there any way to answer a phone call using a dial-up modem?

Lately, we've been getting a LOT of telemarketers and spammers calling our home line, evn though we're entered in the national Do Not Call directory. The other day, I unearthed a Pentium 1 in my ...
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How to use command line whois for “spam infected” domains like apple.com?

In short: is there any way to get the full whois-details for domains like apple.com, using the command line on Max OS X? Running whois on the command line for, for example, apple.com is like ...
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How Is It Possible To Send Email Under Our Domain Name

Spammers or someone is sending emails using our domain. The emails are from a user we didn't create called regeniaberry67a@ourdomain.com.au. The email is to regeniaberry@ubtanet.com. The ...
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Why is @ in email address sometimes written as [at] on webpages?

Why is @ sometimes in webpages written as [at]? Does it have any specific reason ?
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Will jh3df6724@k2378jdfw.com bypass spam filters?

I'm very paranoid. Don't ask why because that's besides the point here. I want to create a domain with some random name, such as 723jr2d.com And then, when anyone asks for my email address, I want ...
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Why does gmail think mail my server sends is a spam? [closed]

Complete message received by Gmail (email, server ip and host are replaced): Delivered-To: <myemail> Received: by 10.180.24.132 with SMTP id u4cs216052wif; Thu, 20 Oct 2011 03:22:03 ...
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My Spam Trap Caught A Company - How Legitimate Is Their Response?

I have my own domain (lets call it MyDomain.com), and my email account is set up such that all mails sent to @MyDomain.com will end up in the same mailbox. So, think of a word, put it in front of ...
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How can I tell if my domain is on an email blacklist?

All of a sudden, emails I send to my wife's Gmail account are getting rejected as spam: Message rejected. Please visit http://www.google.com/mail/help/bulk_mail.html to review our Bulk Email ...
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Thunderbird junk mail filter problems

After a hiatus of several years where I was using Apple Mail I've gone back to using Thunderbird for my mail. I'm generally pleased with Thunderbird. I like that it works on all OSes (I use ...
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How do I change the default Junk Mail folder in Outlook?

I'm using an IMAP mail service (fastmail.fm) which moves Junk email messages to an IMAP folder called "Junk Mail". Outlook archives Junk to "Junk E-Mail". How do I change Outlook so that it uses the ...
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If 'To' and 'From' headers are the spammer's email address, how did I get this email?

I tried to check header 1. I see my email address in "Envelope-to: my_email@my_domain.com" but not in To/CC/BCC how sender is able to do this? I think I'm not a BCC recepient because Thunderbird ...
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Why would someone send out emails with Subject: 45wz6 Body: aua? [closed]

Why would someone send out emails with the following information? Subject: 45wz6 Body: aua It seems like something a hacker/spammer would be doing but I am not sure what they are trying to ...
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Return delivery fails coming from random emails from my domain, afraid of being blacklisted

I have been receiving spam to my email contact@mydomain.com, and all of them are return delivery fails from randomaddresses@mydomain.com (each delivery fail is from a different random address). I have ...
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Is there a way to use Regular Expressions in Outlook rules?

Our mail server manages to filter a lot of spam, but the spammers seem to be finding ways to get around it. I am finding that much the current crop of stuff that gets through could be filtered on my ...
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Yahoo IMAP Spam folder not recognized by Outlook 2007

Yahoo uses the name Bulk Mail for it's spam folder, when connecting via IMAP. However, Outlook 2007 by default uses the name Junk E-mail. So whenever I connect to my Yahoo email account with ...
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Disable gmail's spam filter when forwarding email? [closed]

I have several (4-6) different Google accounts, I use the Gmail addresses for different reasons and I forward the emails from all of them to a single Gmail account. Occasionally, important messages ...
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Totally Disable Junk Mail in Thunderbird

I have a problem with junk mail filtering in Thunderbird and I just want to turn it off completely; however as far as I can see it's not actually enabled anywhere; and further to that I went into my ...
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Can I filter out spam based on it containing Chinese characters?

I regularly get spam email that has tons of what I assume are Chinese characters in it. Is there a way to setup Outlook to redirect any mail with these types of characters into my spam folder?
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Does outlook out of office reply to junk mail?

Can you tell me, if you set your Out-of-Office, and then you get a Spam e-mail, will the Out-of-Office reply tell them that I exist and therefore subject me to a lot more Spam?
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What to do with 6.7GB of logs from a http proxy used by someone to initiate attacks?

Background: I had experimented with nginx's proxy caching mechanisms one night to see if I could speed up a very slow website for a friend of mine -- this experiment went on late into the night, ...
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Getting redirected to www.website-unavailable.com

When ever I type a wrong URL in to my URL bar, it redirects me to: www.website-unavailable.com How do I stop this from happening? I would much rather just get redirected to Google. This happens in ...
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How can I train Thunderbird's spam filter?

Thunderbird spam filter works pretty well but for some reason, mails from "Approved VIAGRA Store" continually get through and are not marked as spam even when I continually mark them as junk. Is ...
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Unexplained systematic forwarding to spam (and search engines) in Firefox/Chrome

I have a nuts issue with Firefox. Each time I do a search on Google, then right-click a link to open it in a separate tab/window, Firefox stalls for a couple of seconds, then opens some ...
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Can opening an email (in Gmail) plant a virus on my computer?

Gmail recommends sending the full message header of a spam email to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov. Source However, in order to get the "full header" you need to open the email Source ...
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Spam is Killing Me - Can I use GMail as a spam filter?

I'm getting at least 50 Viagra ads a day and it's driving me insane. I currently have a hosted MS Exchange account and a Gmail account. My Gmail account forwards to my Exchange account. Both of my ...
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Why did my friends get spams from my email?

Recently I got an email with subject like "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)". It had been initially sent to my friend's old email account. The content inside that failed email was obviously one ...
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Email going into Junk Mail folder in Outlook despite turning off Junk Mail

I tried emailing my wife from my new company email account (which uses Exchange). When she responded, her email went into the "Junk E-mail" folder. So I tried a few things: Added her to the "Safe ...
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How can I block messenger spam on Windows 8?

I'm using Windows 8 with the Metro Messaging app. I can't work out how to block messenger spam, there doesn't seem to be an option either within the app or within the online live account settings. I'm ...
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Gmail “Message left on the server”, how to automatically delete them?

in the last few weeks im receiving many allrts from gmail: while reading emails from another account, sometime it return Message left on the server: "Thank you for setting the order No.475456" becose ...
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Bounce mail spam in masses. What to do?

when I got up this morning I found more than 300 emails in my mailbox with numbers growing by the minute. ALL those mails were bounce mails coming from Russia. Looking at the attached original mails ...
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How can I stop “clipboard hijacking” globally? [duplicate]

this is getting to be a real bugbear of mine, and from what i understand it's becoming more common. a few of you might have heard of tynt, a site that offers clipboard-hijacking services. with their ...
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Outlook 2007 “Mark as Not Junk” Dialog Confusion

Outlook 2007's "Not Junk" button opens the "Mark as Not Junk" dialog. The dialog works correctly if I keep the "Always trust e-mail from <email address>" option checked. That is, the message is ...
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Adding mail header as column in Thunderbird

I'd like to be able to display the contents of an email header (X-Spam-Score) as a column in the email list within Thunderbird. This header is added by my mail providers Spam Assassin install, and ...
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How to remove the Junk E-mail folder from Outlook?

Is it possible to do this? I'm using Outlook with my GMail account, and as such I don't really need/want the Junk E-mail folder as GMail does a sufficiently good job in filtering out the spam. I've ...
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Is not responding to spam a bad thing? [closed]

Is ignoring spam a bad thing? I mean, if you just get the email and ignore it, then you've basically confirmed that your email exists -- there wasn't any mail delivery failure notice to the spammer, ...
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Spyware used my gmail account to send thousands of spam e-mails to all my trusted contacts, what should I do?

I just logged in to my gmail and was shocked by the amount of automatic responses I got in my inbox. I then looked at my sent messages folder and noticed that apparently, thousands of spam e-mails ...
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Where do spammers get their info? [closed]

I know this isn't strictly computer-related, but I think it's a problem that many of us face, and so I thought this would be the better place to ask it. I'm just wondering about how spam is eerily ...
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How can I find a computer on my network that is doing mass mailings?

I was notified by my isp that one of my machines is sending out spam. This happened about 3 months ago on windows machine running cygwin that was hacked due to an SSH vuln. The hackers setup IIS and ...
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What Kind of Spam is This? Testing Blog Comment Limits

I received this comment on one of my blogs today (on blogger.com): Easily I agree but I about the post should acquire more info then it has. It's the third in a series. Before there was: I ...
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Is it relevant to hit the unsusbscribe button in an email which looks like spam? [closed]

I have received several emails from a website called Zorpia, which I am not interested at all in. According to the Wikipedia page, it is a social network which tries to recruit users with spamming, ...
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What does the 'This message is from a trusted sender' message means in Windows live mail

Today I received an email from Ebay which I was reading in my Windows Live environement. I noticed a small green icon before the message, and at the top of the reading pane. The popup of the green ...
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ISP mail server blocking me?

I'm currently writing an email client for fun/practice and I've noticed that after sending out a handful of test emails (10 or so) over a short period of time, the emails stop going through. At some ...
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My Gmail e-mail being sent to junk mail

For some reason my e-mails from my gmail.com account are being filtered as junk by a ton of services. I am having a hard time contacting any of the companies I do business with because my e-mails are ...
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Delete hotmail account but keep MSN messenger

Is it possible to delete hotmail account but keep MSN messenger. My hotmail account got hacked into sending spam and I'm just fed up. I want to get rid of the email account but unfortunately I do use ...
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My girlfriend's free AOL account is spamming her address book. How can I stop it?

The real problem is that she can't change her password. She used to have a paid AOL account about ten years ago, and converted it to a free account, but in order to change the password at ...
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Reading Usenet w/o Spam

I'm trying to read comp.lang.javascript. The group seems to be active with decent content, but there is so much spam in there. Currently I'm reading it via Google Groups ...
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Do multiple e-mail aliases on the same domain protect privacy?

Many web services require a valid email address for registration. If I use the same address for every service, only one needs to be hacked, and soon the adress is "contaminated" with spam. ...