I have just completed my first anniversary with SpamArrest and I have to say, taking the good, the bad, and the ugly into account, that it has been a lifesaver! Twenty four thousand spams were blocked in this first year.
Messages Processed 26912
Messages Forwarded 2601
I made the mistake during the last six months of 2001, of browsing European internet sites in search of material for the novel I was writing at the time. The browsing wasn’t the mistake, it was in using my own email address. At some point I must have risen up above the radar horizon for spammers, because my spam shot from 4 or 5 pieces of spam a day to 70 spam emails daily. My spam count is now well over 100 emails per day but none of it reaches me because of SpamArrest.
The good I referred to is the complete absence of machine generated spam. I can put my email address firstname.lastname@example.org where all can see and the address bots can do nothing useful with it. It takes a live person at the keyboard to get a message to me. I can answer all email daily.
The bad part is that some of my technically challenged friends can’t seem to negotiate the challenge-response barrier that shows up when they send me their first email. They see the autoresponder message and think it is spam and delete it. Sigh… I usually find their messages in my monthly sweep of the spam midden at SpamArrest.
The ugly part is that I cannot use my regular email address for online purchases or I will find their acknowledgements weeks later in the spam midden.
When I was composing this post, I Googled for the words to the famous Spam song. I haven’t find the song yet, but I did find an interesting post about spam on Silflay Hraka: The Warren
Now I know why that site shows up on so many blogrolls.