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Sunday, 9 July 2006

This weekend I’ve started getting militant about fighting spam.

Every single spam mail I’ve recieved today and yesterday I have reported to the originators ISP.

Most likely this won’t achieve much, but it made me feel slightly better. It also gave me a new appreciation for exactly how much spam I receive, and where from.

My top three sources of spam are:

To combat this I’ve done two things:

  • Removed the “freshmeat” email alias, and replaced the address with a link to a “contact me” page + email address in an image.
  • Started adjusting my mailserver.

My mailserver will now refuse to accept mails from hosts without reverse DNS. I think that is a legal thing to do, but I’ve never done it before. That combined with greylisting has cut my spam counts by about 200 messages a day.

The only other thing I’ve done this weekend which was at all computery was to start writing a test suite for the Apache module I’ve been working on – which is now included in Debian sid.

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