AAUG email service tackles spamBy Chris Williams. Published: 30th Apr 2003, 03:21:27 | Permalink | Printable
"Arr, shiver me filters"The very established and upstanding RISC OS organisation, the Association of Acorn User Groups (AAUG) have in the early hours of today declared their fight against unsolicited email (aka spam, the junk email you get every day). Teaming up with Spellings Computer Services (the people who brought us Aemulor), they're sensationally backed by the dramatic predication that spam "will only get worse over the next few years", adding "some experts are stating that it could cause email to be abandoned altogether beacuse of the sheer volume of SPAM."
Right, flippant response aside, spam is a growing problem but panic ye not, there are many ways to combat it. One approach is to get your ISP or email account provider to install front line spam firefighting by filtering out all the junk and filth sent to you before you download your email to your computer. Doing just this and for a mild fee, the AAUG will enable spam filtering and virus protection on any aaug.net email address. The virus protection bit is something we'll touch on in a second. Incidentally, if you sign up at this May's Wakefield show, there'll be a discount as the spam filtering service is launching at the big event.
After a bit of online rummaging, we spotted that you can apply for an @aaug.net email address by dropping email@example.com a suitable request and later sending them a fiver. Your new @aaug.net address will be a mail forwarder to your ISP mailbox, eg: your requested firstname.lastname@example.org address could forward mail to your email@example.com ISP address.
AAUG.net's spam filter allows you to blacklist senders and whole domains that you never want to receive email from and conversely, a whitelist of senders that you never want blocked. The whitelist is useful to stop emails from friends and family from being accidentally filtered out. Suspected spam caught in the AAUG filter can be inspected via an online web interface in case you're worried legitimate messages have been improperly trapped.
"Our advanced SPAM filtering uses a combination of Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBLs) which contain the source of thousands of known spammers, and advanced heuristics to spot SPAM messages which originate from sources not yet in the RBLs", writes Neil Spellings, AAUG chairman in the announcement.
In today's AAUG bulletin, an interesting point about computer viruses is raised, we feel. The AAUG is throwing virus scanning into their spam filter not to catch RISC OS email-borne viruses (of which there are none, thank goodness), but to primarily eliminate the masses of Windows PC viruses circulating the internet and invading inboxes. The fact that the RISC OS scene dodged the whole email virus epidemic yet its users still get frustratingly peppered with 100-200KB disguised Microsoft Windows executable attachments in their mail seems mildly ironic.
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