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Web Stalkers
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

Tools to Avoid Spam

Let’s use Microsoft Outlook Express as an example.  First, the user must go to Tools - Message Rules - Mail option.  Figure 13.4 shows the user screens for this operation:

Figure 13.4 - Outlook Express Message Options


This lands the user in the correct location in which to create a set of generic spam filtering criteria.  To be safe, everything should be moved into the “Deleted Items” folder without automatically deleting it, just in case a real message becomes trapped in the rule set.

In Figure 13.5, all of the cryptic non-English characters are listed one at a time into the filtering for the subject line.  This takes a few minutes, but it will reduce overall spam by 50%.  

Figure 13.5 - Outlook Express Mail Rules


The next section will present an overview of the more common approaches, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Using Spam Control Programs

There are programs designed to reduce the influx of spam.  This section will present information on those programs that are commercially available and how they can aid in a user’s efforts to reduce the amount of spam that makes it into their inbox.

Anti-spam programs are available for a wide range of prices, starting at no cost and growing up to more than $100.00.  While price is a factor for many people, one should focus closely on functionality first.  Saving money at the check-out counter will not be of much benefit if the program is confusing, or worse, does not work.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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