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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spam and e-Mail

I had an account from which I conducted most everything, until it became so overrun with spam that I just started using it as a spam address (one used for signing-up at shady sites, newsletters, and the like). My plan was to abandon it altogether, but the more I got back into the flow of things, the more I realized just how long I'd had it before it became overrun, and just how much information was on there.

So I added it to my mailer the other night, knowing it would take a while to download all the messages. It did; it took an hour or more to download nearly 30,000 e-mails, the overwhelming majority of which were spam. At this time, I had no filters or junk controls in-place, so I got all 30k in one directory.

I rectified that and ran anti-spam filters as soon as I could create them. The first pass cut about 9,000 e-mails, right off the bat. After a couple days' work, I am down to just over 10,000 e-mails. And most of those are spam, as well, trust me.

The account lay dormant for about six months.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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