I used to have a spam mail problem. Everybody receives spam mail these days; but because my e-mail address is plastered all over the Web, I get more spam mail than most people. The "spam harvesters" that scour the web looking for e-mail addresses always find mine. About 400 to 800 spam messages per day bombard me, many more than the number of legitimate e-mail messages I receive.
In the past few years, I have experimented with almost every spam filter system that I have ever heard of. Some worked rather well while others were not very effective. However, almost all of them would occasionally delete legitimate e-mail messages. That is, a newsletter reader might send me a message that contains a "spam-like" word or phrase. Many spam filters will delete that message under the assumption that it is spam, even though it is a false assumption.
Deleting a legitimate message is referred to as a "false positive." Sadly, false positives are rather common occurrences. I can excuse an occasional piece of spam that slips through the filter, but I absolutely cannot have legitimate e-mail messages being deleted before I see them!
To be sure, I could always go look in the "spam folder" or whatever it is called in the various anti-spam programs. However, the reason that I use a spam filter is so that I don't have to go looking at that junk!
I have known some people to become so frustrated with spam mail that they actually go out and obtain new e-mail addresses, thinking that a new address will be better. That strikes me as being only a temporary stop-gap solution; the problem will recur sooner or later. I want a permanent fix, and I also don't want to change my present e-mail address.
A few months ago I found an easy solution. It works on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It deletes about 99.9% of the junk mail, and more importantly, it never deletes a legitimate message. I went from 400 to 800 or more spam mails per day in my in-box to less than five. Best of all is the price: free.
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