Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fighting Blog and Email Spam

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Email Spam

I got my first email address with Hot Mail back in the 1996 or early 1997, I also opened a Yahoo Mail around the same time period…but gave it up just to resurrect a new one around 2007, I still use both today..  By 1998, I had a email server going at the Library, and all full time staff “HAD” to use it.  It was like pulling teeth for the first year.  By the year 2000 communicating via email was standard for everyone in the library, but only a few part time workers were issued a library email address.  Only problem was, by 2001, email spam was killing us, so I started a black list (blocking list) which cut down the spam a lot, and subscribed to a service by 2003 which cut it down even more.  Today, most email services have automatic spam controls, and for those few that get through, you can add them to your spam list real easy and future spams will go right into the spam box.

Email Spam Box

Only problem is, sometimes a GOOD EMAIL gets into the spam box, so you have to monitor it all the time.  Above is a portion of my spam mail box…about half way down you can see one from TWITTER, which I clicked, and it was a good email about a recent logon attempt I did from my computer…so it turned out to be nothing.  However, I have found important emails in the spam box many times.

Different Email Companies

I have two other email accounts…a Gmail and our GoingRvWay email.  Both of these automatically send all email to my yahoo account, all I need to do is go into these to accounts a few times a year and clear out the inbox.  My Hotmail account became my “junk” account very quickly back in the ‘90s.  I still use that account when I have to give an email out to someone or some entity that I don’t want to give my good email to.  In other words, it is all junk….I just clear it all out a few times each year.  My hope is that by the end of this decade, PHONE SPAM will have gone away much like the email spam has.  Yes, I still get email spam, but it is nothing that bothers me anymore…I don’t have to wade through mass amounts of emails just to read the few good ones like I use to have to do.

Blog Spam

Blog comment spam, on the other hand, has grown.  You followers rarely see any of the blog comment spam because most of it gets caught before hitting the blog page…and those few that do, I move to spam very quickly.  This means I have monitor the blog a few times each day.  However, up until earlier this year, all of the comments, good and bad, were sent to my email…but blogger made a change and I don’t get those emails anymore.  I have been writing this blog since March 2012.  I have now written 917 blog postings (counting this one).  I have had around 3,000 comments, and nearly 300 spam comments.  The problem is over 200 of these spams have come just in the past 15 months.  These folks are ruthless.  Here are a few examples below:

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I Hate Spam


  1. Yup .... got all those too. Now I have to monitor comments every day. It's the phone calls I'm getting every day ... five or six ... that bother me.

    1. Look into these phone apps to stop unwanted calls...the ones that allow everyone who uses the app to share their blocked numbers to the "black list"...seems to work for those using it.

  2. I think Google does an excellent job of filtering out the Spam. When I want a laugh I normally go and take a look to see how stupid some of the titles are. One are you didn't touch on are the phone scammers. I hope I didn't spoil one of your next blogs. The phone scammers are really becoming a nuisance and praying on vulnerable people. A whole new group of scambaiters has evolved and are now using their talents/energy to waist the scambaiters time.

  3. We too get all those spam comments on our blog. Somedays we get none, some days it is just a couple and some days it is over a dozen.

    1. Yesterday I FINALLY got the email notification to start working again! That will make it much easier...


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