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:
- firstname.lastname@example.org – An address previously used only here
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.