Reader Bev Lammert has written me about an alternative anti-spam program that she’s picked:
Hi, I just read my newsletter of which I love but had to comment on your Anti Spam article. You mentioned MailWasherPopFile &IHateSpam. I haven\’t tried any of them but I do use one called Spam Bully and have used it a very long time. Really like it a lot and is easy to use and no slow down. I have it on my HP Desktop Windows Vista Home Premium using Microsoft Outlook 2007 with Linksey router. I found this through Cloudeight a long time ago. Have a good day.
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Longtime reader Ron Spruell wrote about his experience with Gmail’s spam filtering:
I don’t know what Google does, but the Spam on this account has been almost zero.
He’s right — Google’s gmail.com does a great job of deleting spam. However, it’s such a good job that I wonder what its false-positive (mistakenly labelling an email as spam, when it really wasn’t) rate is.
I prefer spam-filtering systems that identify the email as suspected spam, but then still delive it to a folder so that I can confirm that the message isn’t a good one.
My "Murphy’s Law of Email" is:
The more imporant an email is, the more likely the anti-spam program will classify it as spam.
Readers Mary Palmer and Larry Jenkins wrote identical emails to suggest an alternative:
I use a good spam filter, and you probably do the same.
I have whitelisted you and that means that I will receive all the emails you send to me.
I would appreciate it if you would whitelist my email address: [email addess removed – Terry] in your spam filter.
If you don’t have a spam filter, I can recommend SPAMfighter. It is a highly effective free spam filter for Outlook and Outlook Express.
You can get the free SPAMfighter here:
I hope that you will whitelist me, so we can continue to communicate safely via email in the future.
Since these emails were identical, I suspect that they were automated by the SPAMfighter software. Either way, though, it counts as two readers using this software.
What do you use to control of spam? Post your answer here…