"spam" management
(Page last updated: 15-Apr-2003)

When you get spam email, there's really not much that's worth doing, except to hit the delete button. You can spend as much of your life as you wish fighting back, but due to the non-validated nature of the SMTP protocol, there's just not much that can be done. My recommendation is to not even walk down that frustrating path -- however, if you're determined, here's some starting points.

Homework: Start by looking very carefully at the FULL HEADERS of a legitimate email from a friend. Get to know the order of the email flow to you -- your upstream ISP's "Received:" line and perhaps any intermediate for you domain, eg. Vintners.Net.

Everything keys on the first hop that you don't recognize from a legitimate email.

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