Where Did That Email Come From?

An interesting new tool from the guys behind the controversial DidTheyReadIt?: LocationMail. (For some posts on DidTheyReadIt, check out here, here, here and here.) LocationMail tells you where e-mail was sent from. It uses the most accurate data in the world to analyze your e-mail, trace it, and look up where the sender was when the message […]

The Grim Reality Of The Phishers

Good piece in this month’s US Banker magazine on phishing. Some tidbits: Phishing is getting more and more sophisticated. I’ve detailed some of those tricks in this blog, but here’s one I hadn’t heard of: Crooks [the unfortunately named Ted Crooks, vp of identity protection solutions at Fair Isaac] says that “the level of cleverness […]

Putting Spam Inside Your Email: SpEmail?

Here’s a novel way to get advertising into email without calling it spam: RelevantMail. RelevantMail, from a company called RelevantAds, inserts contextual ads into emails very much as Gmail does. Only the folk doing the inserting are your ISP: RelevantMail provides a new high quality way to distribute advertisements to consumers while providing a much […]

A Better Way To Measure The Spam Flood

Here’s an interesting take on spam which helps illustrate how big a problem it has become. Florida-based email service ZeroSpam Net (0SpamNet) says (via email, afraid no URL available at time of writing) that current methods of measuring spam, as a percentage of total email traffic, has become meaningless. Two years ago, seeing Spam grow […]

Scams, Dialers And Urban Myths

When is a scam a scam or an urban myth? Dinah Greek of Computeractive writes that Britain’s premium rate line watchdog is being inundated with calls from worried consumers about scams that turn out to be untrue. One email warns of a scam that says people have received a recorded message on their phone informing […]

Lycos And One Way Not To Deal With Spam

Lycos Europe, according to The Register, is distributing “a special screensaver in a controversial bid to battle spam”. Make Love Not Spam “sends a request to view a spam source site. When a large number of screensavers send their requests at the same time the spam web page becomes overloaded and slow”. The idea, of […]

Email Newsletters And Reputation Maintenance

It always surprises me how companies which try to present an image of good email practices (i.e., don’t spam) let their standards slip so easily, and their reputations with it. In June 2003 I signed up for Click2Asia, an online dating service for ethnic Asians (no I’m not Asian, but I figured living there for […]

A New Kind Of Anti-Spam?

Here’s a new anti-spam service which takes a somewhat different approach. RI-based Mail Cruncher works, not by looking at content, but by rating emails according to the reliability of their sender. “In business, I decide to trust other companies based on how long they have been around, their location, who else does business with them, […]

Spam Historians

Interesting piece by TechWeb News on Microsoft employee Raymond Chen, who has “saved every spam message and virus-laden e-mail he’s received at work since 1997″. More intriguingly, he has “graphed the spams and viruses to create a cool visual representation of one man’s malicious traffic”. The resulting chart is fascinating. You can see the whole […]

More Options For Spam-Free Email

A couple of other options for email users looking to kill off spam, viruses etc. Walla.com (thanks, Rob) is a free, 1 gigabyte thing with a very simple sign-up process. Nevada-based Komodo (love the name, love the lizard) said yesterday (PDF file) its “unique email services are being tested internally starting this week”. This is […]