I’m declaring war on Spam, right now, right here.
Every single day I start up my email program and I’m bombarded with spam email after spam email … worse still, the spammers are hitting all of my blogs really hard too!
Other than using programs like Akismet and Bad Behavior to ward off spammers on my sites I’m pretty much at my wits end.
I did however figure out a way to deal with some of the email spam .. you know the stuff i mean – tons of Paris Hilton spam, or mesothelioma lawyers and so on .. and by tons I literally mean 1000 plus email a day. I run several websites, mailing lists and blogrolls so I get a lot of real mail, but at least half the mail I get or more is spam.
So how did I do it? Well, I finally set up a Gmail account.
I use my new Gmail account to route my email from my regular email addresses (you can add up to five non-Gmail email addresses) through Gmail. Gmail then filters pretty much all of the spam and sends the non spam email back to me where I collect it in my computer email program.
Every few days I go through my spam email on Gmail to check to make sure that no real email is being held back. I’ve found that Gmail is fairly accurate, much more so than the Eudora email program that I use on my computer! Yes I know, I should upgrade my home email program to something like Thunderbird. I’ve heard that Thunderbird is a good program and that it’s also very good at filtering spam. I guess I’ll get around to changing over from my outdated Eudora someday.
How do you handle email spam?