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Email: Yahoo=no spam, Hotmail= tons of spam. Why?(5 posts)

Email: Yahoo=no spam, Hotmail= tons of spam. Why?Fez
Jul 3, 2003 3:13 PM
I'm tired of getting 50 emails per day for porn, Viagra, online gaming, penile enlargements, and mortgages.

My wife thought it was because I was frequenting porn sites (I don't - drunkcyclist is enough for me). I set her up with a Hotmail account and she soon started getting the same amount sick junk email.

Spammers obviously use random generators to send this crap out to all the big email accounts. But why do they never reach the yahoo user but they always get thru hotmail?

Hotmail filters and junk mail folders are worthless. The filter may filter out legit stuff, and the junk mail folder still has to be checked and emptied. Might as well go thru them in the main inbox folder.

Wanted to post this cycling related topic here because the offtopic board has less viewers and is way too political.

The easy answer is screw hotmail and use yahoo email, but you have to pay extra for POP mail on yahoo and yahoo webmail is kind of slow. Hotmail can be used with Outlook Express for no extra cost and is much faster that way.

Any tips on how to prevent spam?
Isn't this a bit off topic?russw19
Jul 3, 2003 5:29 PM
First off, this shouldn't be in the General Cycling Forum. It's way off topic.

Second, how in the world can you expect to not get spam on a freemail account?

Get a real ISP and use some standard blocking software and you will be fine. Also, turn off cookies on your computer and change your email addy every year or so. Cuts most of the crap out.

Russ
Not reallyFez
Jul 3, 2003 7:13 PM
I explained in the orig post that more people are here in this board. Also, it is probably more off-topic there since all the topics there are political anyway.

And what do you consider a "real" ISP? My ISP email is gone if I cancel the service. Also, it is POP only, so if I travel I cannot access it from the web. And it still gets spam. More than Yahoo, less than Hotmail.

Turning cookies off leaves your computer useless at a lot of sites like washingtonpost.com, roadbikereview, or any retail site.
Not reallyrussw19
Jul 4, 2003 7:40 PM
Guys, Hotmail, Juno, NetZero, and all the other freebies are not real ISP's. Even though they charge now... they used to be free. You signed up and when you did, they took all your personal information and sold it to companies that SPAM the heck out of your email box. They used to sell everyone who used their service's info. Now that they charge, they still don't block those companies because they were paid to give them the info in the first place.

Have you guys ever signed up for a discount club at your local supermarket or signed up to accept a company's mail order catalog? Ever notice that the crap in your real mailbox went up too? People are selling your info and unless you are taking active steps to stop it, it won't stop.

Sorry for calling this thread off-topic, but it really is. If you use freemail servers for your email services, this is going to be a problem for you. You should also change your email address about once a year to prevent this type of thing happening. I have 2 email boxes on the same ISP. One I have had for 6 years, one for only 1 year. The older one gets 10 times the amount of SPAM to it, but it still isn't even much. The new account get's next to nothing. Try changing your box name.. add a number to it like the 19 in my name... russw19. It helps.. also pick stuff like alan19jones@mail.com... if it has numbers in the middle of the name, most spam bots won't pick that name out of a random name generator.

Hope this helps ya clear up that little problem of yours...

Spam, the Hormel Ham in a Jar is Delicious..... but SPAM in my email box is a nuisance, not yummy at all!

Russ
Off topic... but who caressuperdog
Jul 3, 2003 8:26 PM
I hate spam so much that I don't care if this is off topic or not. I get ZERO spam on yahoo where I used to get tons of spam from a "real" ISP, hotmail and juno.

There is a way to get rid of 99.9% of all spam without playing games. It's called TMDA. Look it up on google. If your ISP uses a UNIX based e-mail system they can implement TMDA. You can also get an e-mail account from an ISP who features TMDA. That would probably be your best bet.