View Full Version : OT: Computer SPAM Program Question

Paul Alciatore
06-21-2008, 04:11 PM
I am asking this here because I know there if a great pool of knowledge in this group.

I have used two of the commercial SPAM control programs, the Postini one at work and a home brew one that Iowa Telecom has conjured up at home. The Postini is not so bad, but has some features that could stand improvment. The Iowa Telecom home brew program just stinks. It may do the job, but every feature is designed to cost the user time. It wastes most of the screen space for the heading which takes up about 2/3 of the vertical screen on my 19" monitor. Yes, a full 66% is devoted to the heading. Then, they waste even more of the horizontal space with blank blue bars. The result is most e-mail subject lines take a minimum of three screen lines and many take 6, 8, or even 10 lines. Scroll city, even if you only elect to have five items displayed per screen. Other features also stink. The process of adding an item to the white or black lists is absurd. Sorry for the rant.

I am paying money for this lousy program and want to use one I can buy or even download for free. Does anyone have any suggestions for a SPAM program that will work with my e-mail program (Eudora) and actually be user friendly?

06-21-2008, 05:48 PM
I've been using Mailwasher for a while now. There used to be a free version, but I just checked www.firetrust.com and didn't see it.

Mailwasher is pretty well-designed for what it does. It lets you preview e-mail and categorize it; you'll still get spam in your mailbox, but it makes it a lot easier to identify and delete.

06-22-2008, 09:10 PM
I second mailwasher. One great advantage of Mailwasher if you're on dialup especially is that it allows you to delete mail before downloading it and to preview mail out of queue order. That's very handy for non spam mail as well, because if someone emails you the 60 picture slideshow of their kid's birthday party while you're stuck in some odd place on dialup waiting for the news on some relative's heart surgery, you won't have to wade through two hours of timeouts. It appears there's still a free version:


06-23-2008, 01:33 AM
Postini is a Google company. I wonder if they're reading your mail :rolleyes:

Paul Alciatore
06-23-2008, 03:25 AM
Postini is a Google company. I wonder if they're reading your mail :rolleyes:

Well, there's a concept. The folks with the most to gain from knowing what is in everyone's mail and from allowing their SPAM to get through, are writing the anti-SPAM software. Hmmmmm.

I looked into G-mail but was concerned about privacy.

06-23-2008, 08:09 AM
I use disposable e-mail addresses. In fact, it's about time to change the one I use here. Somebody here has emailed me or at least placed my hsmbbs address in their address book and has a virus that harvests e-mail addresses as I have been getting spam on that address for a while.

Spam filtering is a double edged sword. If it is aggressive enough to stop most of the spam it will filter desired mail sometimes. If not then it will miss a lot of spam.

I really do wonder who it is that makes it worthwhile for the relatively few people in the spamming business to continue doing it. Who is it that believes they can actually "gain six inches" ever let alone overnight? Who believes that they are being sent unsolicited stock market tips just because somebody wants them to make a lot of money?

I was playing around with a trick that was discovered in the search for the identity of a kiddie porn suspect. He hid his identity by scrambling his face in photos of his activities. He used a spiral twist function from a paint program to obliterate his face in photos.

At least he thought it was obliterated.

Here is an example of how an image can be scrambled and recovered.


This can serve as a very simple encryption that needs no key. As long as your recipient has the same graphics program and knows what to do it will defeat casual snooping of your e-mail when it matters. In this case I used the geometric twist function in Paint Shop Pro to scramble the image and then reapplied it with the same but opposite twist to recover it. It. works equally well on text if made into an image.