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Spam introduction

How spammers get your email address

Easy way to avoid spam

Spam filters

Motivation for becomming a spammer

Your cost of spam

How spammers operate

Is spamming illegal?

Tracing the sender of spam

Attract women

Fun Spam

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Spam glossary

Spam filters

Spam filter is a piece of software that will block spam messages. What is essential about a spam filter do not delete or filter out legit messages. For most people it is very important not to loose messages that where sent to them. To what degree the spam filter actually manage do this varies from what spam filter software and what methods it uses to categorize messages.

How the software actually blocks spam is very much up to the creators of the software.

Content filtering - Rule based
One of the simplest way of filtering out spam is by checking the email message for a set of keywords. This can be a list already defined from the software creators that you can add your keywords to.

Content filtering - Bayesian filtering
Bayesian filtering is more advanced way of doing content filtering. You will tell the spam filter what is a spam message and what is a legit message. From this selection the bayesian algorithm will learn what content and words and parts of sentences that are likely to be spam. The spam filter will gradually improve to be more correct as you teach it with more spam messages.

Blacklisting is defining all mails coming from a list of servers as spam. This method has been around a long time, but it do not seem to be as effective as you would want. Studies of the the MAPS RBL show that this blacklist only catches 24 % of all spam messages with 34 % false positives.

Whitelisting is defining a list of email addresses, servers or words to not be spam. A whitelisted message is very likely not to be spam. To send spam you can exploit whitelisting by first getting an email address whitelisted, then sending spam messages to it. But this is unlikely to happen on a large scale since most spamming is done automatically. A spam program that is not specially programmed to be able to perform the steps to whitelist will not get through.


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