Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 13 - 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
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
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.
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