Definition of SPAM

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Although im sure there is a definitive definition of SPAM. i have my own definition of spam.. im curious to see if anyone else agrees with it...


ok first of all the obvious:
SPAM IS ANY UNSOLICITED EMAIL, THAT IS UNWANTED, and you didnt request.
dpes that mean then if i get an email from a smammer that i kinda like and end up purchasing their acme #2 wrench bender. that it then falls out of the category of spam? or was it still spam that i just happened to fall victim to?

if a person i know constantly sends me stupid virus hoaxes, or annoying forwards (inocently however), does that fall into the spam category?

how many people have gotten a spam from a company and were like oh yeah i remember i signed up for a user name with this company, so you clicked the unsubscribe link and all seemed fine. but then like 6 months later, mysteriously you started getting their *plum* spam again! that is the most annoying of all. its like their telling you that your too dumb to remember that you had unsubscribed from their list way back when, lets try to hit him again.


well i got a piece of spam yesterday that when you read it, it looks normal. but it was obvious that they were using a ton of tactics to avoid the spam filters. one that was most noteable was when i viewed the source for the email rather than being normal text like "the quick brown fox jumped over the fence" it was "th <!14354>e Qui<!86743>ck Brow<!4859>fox ju<!85673>mped<!2847> ove<!3858> th<!7678>e fen<!47574>ce" the only thing i could deduct from this weird tactic is that a script changes those remaked numbers around for each and every email so that it cannot be uniquely identified by spam detection software.

the worst part about that email i got was it was a child porn link and this is actually getting through to people! (which i did NOT click by the way)

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Gadget Guru wrote:
SPAM IS ANY UNSOLICITED EMAIL, THAT IS UNWANTED, and you didnt request.

for me, this is enough said. I seriously hate it with a passion. And for
people to go to such lengths to getting a junk email out there is pathetic
and sad.
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p.s. ESPECIALLY something like CP. Burns me up. :bad-words:
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Perhaps try this:

Cloudmark SpamNet Outlook add-in

The service is free and easy to use!

I've been using it for about 2 weeks now.
it also came on a recommendation.



it works on peer-to-peer (P2P) solution.
the system generates a secure fingerprint or signature of each message. This unique, but indistinguishable, fingerprint can now be securely shared with all the other SpamNet users to identify the same spam message in their email. This system permits everyone to contribute to the fight against spam

Although spam seems to be invading everyone's email, only a relatively small number of spammers send out the billions of spam messages polluting the Internet. By reporting the spam you receive, you will contribute to the growing community of spam fighters dedicated to eradicating spam.

Just like Napster allowed us to share a central list of our favorite music, Cloudmark SpamNet allows us to share a central list of spam.

Individually this reported spam isn't very powerful, but the collective reports of millions of email users networked together blocks virtually all spam on the Internet.


located at: http://www.cloudmark.com/

Check it out ... I'm currently enjoying it and can safely recommend it.


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Definately going to try it out, thanks!

by the way, you mentioned

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the system generates a secure fingerprint or signature of each message. This unique, but indistinguishable, fingerprint can now be securely shared


but as i indicated above... spam such as the one above with a unique identifier... it appears that they are circumventing this very technology by making each email unique for each email recipient...

anyway ill try it out and see if it catches those types as well...

thanks for the tip
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Yeah, I do see you point, looks like they are getting smarter day by day.

Perhaps if that doesn't work for you, you might want to consider one of those services like, SpamArrest or others, where they catch all your mail
but you approve the senders or the senders have to go and manually challange a word given on a return html page which is unique and authorizes them to send mail to you.

I use SpamArrest on one of my mail account and it does a nice job as well,
other then it's not free ... well free trail but that's about it.

Something to think about.

Spam can be very unproductive and like everyone else out there,
I can't stand it either, anything is better then nothing to try and stop this crap.

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THIS is worth checking out if you truly hate spam, like i do... this is the END ALL to spam.. seriously...

Actually i am using a service that is 100% effective for blocking and filtering spam (yes i said 100%) how it works is this:
(oh and it is 100% free FOREVER and no ADS...)

got to http://www.endjunk.com


you sign up for a username (mine is "b" got in there early on)
so now i have an email address of <anything-you-want@b.endjunk.com
note the "b" before the domain endjunk.com, thats my username
now that i have the account all my mail to anything@b.endjunk.com is relayed to my real email. never revealing my real email address to anyone.

so lets say im surfing to a site called winzip.com and i wanna download their free trial, they want my email to recieve the download link. well normally, you would have reveal your real email address and just hope they never are temped to sell you name to anyone. but NOW all you with this service you give them winzip@b.endjunk.com. so lets say all of the sudden i start getting a ton of spam. and i happen to look at the email address that it is sent to and i notice it is sent to winzip@b.endjunk.com BAM i now know that they are the culprits and i can go in and disable that email completely or redirect it to another email adress somewhere so i dont have to deal with it. whats even better is i could even redirect it to the sender (or the original that sold it)!! hows that for revenge!!

by the way check out my email address i have listed with ozzu... point in case...

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