[Techtalk] simple mail filtering via whitelist - suggestions?
daniel.richter at wimba.com
Sat Mar 6 15:55:15 EST 2004
> What I'd like to do is create a "whitelist" of approved senders, and let
> mail from them go on to her. Anything from someone else would be
> redirected to me.
If you're interested in cheap but non-free solutions, SpamCop.net offers
such a service for about $15 a year. Whitelists are actually the most
basic of SpamCop's protections. There is also a "confirmation" option
that works as follows:
1) When an e-mail from an unknown address is received, SpamCop sends an
automated response with a confirmation link.
2) The sender of the mail receives the response and clicks the link.
3) After the sender clicks the link, the e-mail is accepted and his
address is added to the whitelist for next time.
Although it's a paid service, the inventor of SpamCop is primarilly
interested in controlling spam; he probably doesn't get enough money
from subscriptions to pay his expenses. SpamCop includes an excellent
spam-reporting service which is free.
P.S. - I believe that SpamCop actually is open-source. In other words,
you can get the source code for free, but if you want to use the
SpamCop.net server (i.e., the physical machine), you have to pay.
They've signed me up for every advertising campaign
and mailing list there is. These people are out of
their minds. They're harassing me.
- spam tycoon Alan Ralsky, who was signed up for tons of
(paper) junk mail after publicly proclaiming that
he had no regrets about his spam empire.
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