Steve has installed Active SPAM Killer (ASK), a software to prevent spammers from getting to your mailbox in the first place. Read Russ’s rant to know why simply filtering SPAM is no solution – I’m getting about 200 SPAMs a day, with SpamPal installed, but I still need to check the SPAM folder for flase positives now and then. Crap.
Here’s how it’s supposed to work:
“ASK takes advantage of the fact that most spammers use invalid or fake “From:” address in their messages. When a new message arrives and the sender is unknown, ASK sends a “confirmation message” back, informing the sender that the original message has been queued, pending confirmation. When the sender confirms (a simple reply), ASK delivers the original message and adds the sender to a “whitelist”. Further messages from this sender will be immediately delivered. It is also possible to ignore messages based on specific criteria, like sender’s email, subject and so on.”
I’m considering this as well – I want to move my home server to Linux, anyway.