Fighting Spam For Dummies

Paperback | January 30, 2004

byJohn R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young, Ray Everett-Church

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If you have e-mail, you have spam—that annoying electronic junk mail that jams your inbox, sometimes makes you blush, and takes a lot of the fun out of your online experience. Spam wastes thousands of hours and costs you, the recipient of the stuff you don’t want, thousands of dollars in increased costs that your Internet service provider eventually passes along to you. In fact, a European survey in 2001 revealed that spam costs about $9.4 billion each year!

Spammers spam because they’re not paying for it, you are. The good news is, you can fight back, and Fighting Spam For Dummies tells you how. Find out

  • Where spam comes from
  • How to set up spam filters
  • How folders help filter out spam
  • What additional programs can help
  • Where—and how—to report spam
  • How best to lobby for spam control

    You’ll get the plai n-English explanation for activating any additional protection offered by your ISP, and discover how to make the best use of any spam filter that came with your e-mail program. Fighting Spam For Dummies will arm you with information about

    • Making your address harder for spammers to grab
    • Why simply hitting “delete” isn’t enough
    • Tracking down the source of the spam
    • What you can learn from e-mail headers
    • How spam filters work—and why they aren’t foolproof
    • Setting up the maximum level of filtration for your e-mail program and ISP
    • What information your ISP needs when you report spam
    • How—and how not—to complain
    • Adding protection with POPFile
    • Ways to protect your clients if you’re a network administrator

      The ultimate solution to spam has yet to be found, but these Internet-savvy authors give you the tools to help level the playing field. They also offer some solid suggestions for anti-spam laws and how you can join the war on spam.

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If you have e-mail, you have spam—that annoying electronic junk mail that jams your inbox, sometimes makes you blush, and takes a lot of the fun out of your online experience. Spam wastes thousands of hours and costs you, the recipient of the stuff you don’t want, thousands of dollars in increased costs that your Internet service provi...

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Find out how to make your inbox off-limits to spammers! Reclaim your inbox with filters and helpful hints! Stop choking on spam —here's how to report it and how to can itSpam giving you indigestion? Help is on the way! Althoughthere's no magic pill yet, this little book is packed with practical tips forkeeping much of that trash from ...

JOHN R. LEVINE and MARGARET LEVINE YOUNG are the bestsellingcoauthors of numerous books, including The Internet For Dummies.RAY EVERETT CHURCH is Chief Privacy Officer for ePrivacyGroup.com.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 8.52 × 5.56 × 0.58 inPublished:January 30, 2004Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The World of Spam.

Chapter 1: How Spam Works — and Drives You Crazy!

Chapter 2: How Spammers Get Your Address.

Chapter 3: There Oughtta Be a Law Against Spam!

Chapter 4: Talk to the Hand ’Cuz the Spammer Don’t Care.

Part II: Filtering Spam Out of Your Inbox.

Chapter 5: Mailbox Filtering in Your E-Mail Program.

Chapter 6: Filtering Spam in Outlook Express and Outlook.

Chapter 7: Filtering Spam in Netscape and Mozilla Mail.

Chapter 8: Filtering Spam in Eudora.

Chapter 9: Filtering Spam in AOL and AOL Communicator.

Chapter 10: Filtering Spam in Hotmail, MSN, and Yahoo! Mail.

Part III: Spam-Filtering Programs and Services.

Chapter 11: A Round-Up of Desktop Antispam Programs.

Chapter 12: Antispam Services for Just Plain Folks.

Chapter 13: Server-Side Spam Filtering for Network Administrators.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Spam Scams.

Chapter 15: Ten Internet Annoyances and How to Get Rid of Them.

Index.

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“ … an informative, fun and easy-to-read book which does not patronise the reader and will not confuse.” ("Virus Bulletin," April 2005)