Tools For Fighting Spam
By Walt Dimmock
Fighting Spam is not an easy task; it takes perseverance and the right
tools. I have been able to reduce to Spam that reaches my inbox from
over 150 emails per day to about 10 or less a day. In a recent article, I
discussed the use of McAfee’s SpamKiller and it virtues. It is
a worthwhile tool but sometimes its filters out non-Spam. You have to be
careful and observant when using SpamKiller. Therefore I have
incorporated many other tools to help ward off the Spam epidemic in my
I cannot count the times that I have sent a complaint to one of the
originators of the Spam only to get it back as an invalid email. Of course
it is not surprising since many Spammers use fake emails and domains to
cover their tracks. But occasionally I will find in the headers a valid
email or domain using the VisualRoute software.
VisualRoute is easy to use and gives you more information than
McAfee’s SpamKiller. Using the Whois incorporated with the software you can
identify the owner and administrator of the domains in question. After
enough complaints, they will want to stop the Spam going through their
Another tool that I use is
www.spamcop.net/. They have a no frills free service for reporting Spam
and a very inexpensive service for a fee for reporting Spam and using their
Spam filtering service. SpamCop is one of the main services on
the Internet used by many for reporting Spam. I use the fee-paying service
for reporting Spam, as it is more efficient than the free service. I can
detect and report about 5 emails for about a penny. Using SpamCop
in conjunction with the other tools makes fighting Spam very productive.
SpamCop keep lists of the banned ISPs and domains. If you know
you have been reported to SpamCop with detected Sp^m, you will
be blacklisted and possibly removed form your ISP service. So if someone is
using your domain as a gateway to send Spam you will be highly motivated to
put a quick end to it.
Anti-Spam laws are on the books and in many states and other countries. For
more information on the Anti-Spam laws, please go to
Another good source of general information is
www.telebyte.com/spamlaw. Like many ISPs and hosting services, Spam is
greatly despised and not welcome. The Telebyte Northwest Internet Services
has many pages of information how to identify spam and how to get back at
Spammers by filing a lawsuit once you identify a Spammer.
A website that is very similar to SpamCop is
This site also is a wealth of information on Spam and how to fight it. And
is another valuable source of information for both the network administrator
and regular user.
One final website worth mentioning is
you cannot afford the SpamKiller or VisualRoute software, you can get the
same results for free on Spamivore. It has a Whois. You can
enter an IP address to view everyone who owns it (In the case of sub-leased
blocks, you'll get all owners of the IP), their contact information, and any
other information available Also, you can trace a hostname or IP address by
just entering the name/address and it will be traced from the spanivore.com
server to the destination. The MAPS [Mail Abuse Prevention System] tool
provides information regarding any IP Address, simply by entering the IP
Address. You'll then see if the address is listed as being a 'Spam Friendly'
[blackholed] address, a Dial-up [not a true mailserver] address, or an 'Open
Relay' [anyone can send mail from it] address. You can resolve a hostname or
IP address, by just entering the name/address and it will be converted for
you, using DNS/RDNS lookups. On the home page there are other useful links
for more information on fighting Spam.
So you can see, with a little ingenuity and you too can fight Spam with
Walt Dimmock is President/Owner of WaltBren Computing, LLC, and editor of
the bi-weekly WaltBren Computing Ezine
The bi-monthly ezine features articles dealing with many current issues.
Articles include: Internet Marketing, Web Development, fighting Sp@m,
viruses and other issues. Also, he is Webmaster and Consultant, and you are
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