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A couple per month 11 votes (13.92%)
Up to 3 per day (< 100 per month) 13 votes (16.46%)
Up to 10 per day (< 300 per month) 16 votes (20.25%)
Up to 50 per day (< 1,500 per month) 18 votes (22.78%)
Up to 100 per day (< 3,000 per month) 12 votes (15.19%)
Eleventy Billion 9 votes (11.39%)
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How much spam do you get ?
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turtle777
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Nov 11, 2006, 01:22 PM
 
So, how much spam do you get ?
Do you use a catch-all for your own domain ?
What kind of spam filter are you using ?


Me personally, I was at about 75 spam per day in October, with 0.3% false negatives.
I dunno the false positives, since I didn't weed through almost 2,400 spam.

I use a catch-all on my domain, but SpamAssassin works wonders.

What's your experience ?

-t
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 01:28 PM
 
Not much here. Maybe 10 or so every month. I just use mail's built-in spam filter.

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turtle777  (op)
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Nov 11, 2006, 01:34 PM
 
I've had a lot of stock spam (with GIFs) lately.

Has anyone tried FuzzyOcr - Trac yet ?
I might give it a try.

-t
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 01:52 PM
 
I get up to 7500 per month. Mostly to my work email account (which I've had for 15 years). I wasn't dilligent enough way back in the early 90's and posted to newsgroups using that account. I would wager every spam email list on the planet has that account. And my employer refuses to change it. Junk mail filters get most of the spam, so it's not that big of an inconvenience.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 02:25 PM
 
I put a couple per month, but if I wanted it could be 0. The only "spam" I get are newsletters from software companies that I don't care about anymore that I just need to unsubscribe from/block. I love macosx.com's mail filters. Life is good.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 02:31 PM
 
I get sent about 80 per month, but I get 0 in my inbox, because the spam has to first go through Gmail’s filter, and then Mail’s filter.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 02:39 PM
 
I get a bunch, mostly from poor lists that manage to get me THE SAME IDIOT SPAM three or four times in a row, or the same subject from three or four different fake senders.

I'm always amazed at how concerned people are about my breast size-yes I get spam for that as well as penis size enhancers. Those are STUPID! They are worded very negatively, even the subject lines ("Tired of your tiny penis?"), and you wonder how they think such crap will be received.

I have a bunch of different spam filters, but I still have to go through the rejects because I do get false positives more often than I'd like-some of the filters seem to "forget" allowed senders, and sometimes senders change their mailing scheme or server so they don't fit the rules anymore.

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Nov 11, 2006, 02:49 PM
 
Used to be eleventy billion, but since I moved my backup MX off my ISP's generic server and onto one under my control, zero. Nada. Zilch.

That's with rDNS lookups, sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org lookups and a single filter which tells anyone using "The Bat!" client to go away, if anyone's interested.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 04:27 PM
 
I receive a few hundred per month, but only 1 or 2 per month sneak through the Apple Mail built-in spam filter.

A question regarding the poll. If I don't see them, did I ever really get them?
     
Gossamer
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Nov 11, 2006, 04:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by what_the_heck View Post
I've had a lot of stock spam (with GIFs) lately.


-t
Ah! My roommates and I are getting a ton of those! Apparently ISU sells our email addresses to places like property management companies and such. But I forward all of my school mail through Gmail and then to Mail anyway, so I don't see any of it.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 04:32 PM
 
I get about 3-4 per day n one account, and none make it through the GMail filter on the other. I used to get a lot more on my old addresses. I just gave it the boot and told people about it.

Anyone remember like 10 years ago? Spam? I like it fried, I would have said.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 04:56 PM
 
I use Gmail, and no spam gets to my inbox. At all.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 04:59 PM
 
Up to 10 per day. This includes the spam that Gmail filters out. Every couple of days, one squeaks through to my inbox.

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Nov 11, 2006, 06:25 PM
 
I agree with DuckRacer1. Gmail has been great at filtering out spam for me. Still, I'm seeing a huge increase in spam into my spam box lately. Whereas I would get 5-7 spam per day before, now I get 20-30. I try to be very careful about which place to give out my email address to and I do have 3 accounts, 1 for business 1 for personal and 1 for junk mail. The spam folks have gotten very advanced I'm guessing.
     
turtle777  (op)
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Nov 11, 2006, 06:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org lookups
I'm gonna have a look at that. Thanks.

-t
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by what_the_heck View Post
I'm gonna have a look at that. Thanks.
No worries.

http://www.spamhaus.org/ (obviously) for the low-down. Check the SBL "how to use" for details.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:32 PM
 
.Mac seems to do a very good job of getting rid of spam, as does gmail. I basically never get spam in my inbox.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:37 PM
 
I'm on a trial period on .Mac and it's giving me way too many false positives - so much so that I'll not be bothering to buy a full account.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:40 PM
 
Are you talking about Mail? Or .Mac itself. They are separate.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:42 PM
 
I'm getting like 3 a day from the same place on my . Mac account. Annnnnooooooyyyying.
     
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Originally Posted by icruise View Post
Are you talking about Mail? Or .Mac itself. They are separate.
.Mac - I haven't even bothered to set Mail up to go fetch from that account yet (since it's just a trial account).
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:57 PM
 
How can you get a false positive with a .Mac account? How would you know?
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 07:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by icruise View Post
How can you get a false positive with a .Mac account? How would you know?
Because I sent it.

(and no, the servers sent from aren't in any spam databases and the wording of the test messages wasn't even approaching spam)
     
icruise
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Nov 11, 2006, 08:01 PM
 
So you're saying that you're not receiving emails that you sent? That is not good.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 08:06 PM
 
about maybe a few hundred a day? i just[4days ago?] deleted my whole spam folder from gmail which was at 67xx. so far only 2 emails got accidentally sent to the spam folder. +1 for gmail.
     
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Nov 11, 2006, 08:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by icruise View Post
So you're saying that you're not receiving emails that you sent?
Yep.
     
turtle777  (op)
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Originally Posted by icruise View Post
So you're saying that you're not receiving emails that you sent? That is not good.
Plus the fact that you can never find out, that's BAAAAAD.

-t
     
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Nov 12, 2006, 02:15 AM
 
I own a domain name, so I get a lot. My host does not have a user freindly filter, so I end up with most of the crap. It use to be worse, it's calmed down to less than a 100/day lately. My Entorage filters help some so I only have to see maybe 50/day, the rest get filtered out.
     
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Originally Posted by Buckaroo View Post
I own a domain name, so I get a lot. My host does not have a user freindly filter, so I end up with most of the crap. It use to be worse, it's calmed down to less than a 100/day lately. My Entorage filters help some so I only have to see maybe 50/day, the rest get filtered out.
You voluntarily use Entourage? gross!
     
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Nov 12, 2006, 03:31 AM
 
I've been using Entourage for several years. There was several features that it had years ago that Mail didn't have. I don't know what the latest version of Mail is like.
     
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Nov 12, 2006, 03:44 AM
 
Spam filters get most of the spam, but every other day or so one makes it through. + Sometimes the subjects and senders have the most ridiculous names and spellings, it's almost amusing.
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Buckaroo
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Nov 12, 2006, 03:50 AM
 
I'll have to take a look at Mail.
     
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Nov 13, 2006, 03:54 PM
 
I used to get under 10 per day, but now, I probably get about 20 per day just very recently.
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turtle777  (op)
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Originally Posted by Buckaroo View Post
I own a domain name, so I get a lot. My host does not have a user freindly filter, so I end up with most of the crap. It use to be worse, it's calmed down to less than a 100/day lately. My Entorage filters help some so I only have to see maybe 50/day, the rest get filtered out.
Maybe I misunderstand, but are you saying that you have to manually filter out about 50 spam every day

Dude, just dump Entourage. Mail is much better than that.

Or, alternatively, get Spam Sieve.

-t
     
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Nov 13, 2006, 04:35 PM
 
My 'spam' account gets a lot. Around 100 a day.
My 'proper' account gets maybe 1 or 2 a day.
Gmail stops around 99% of these from getting through to either account.

Spam sucks.
     
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Nov 13, 2006, 04:48 PM
 
I usually pick up a few cans at the store every month or so.
     
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Nov 13, 2006, 04:53 PM
 
There are 3056 messages in my Gmail junk mail folder, which keeps 30 days worth. I probably get a couple in my mailbox every day. No big deal.

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Nov 14, 2006, 01:59 PM
 
I've had the same email since the mid 90's, so I'm on every spammers email list. Thank goodness there is the gmail spam filter, it catches most everything that comes my way.
     
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Nov 14, 2006, 02:03 PM
 
I fall into the 3 or so a day category. I really don't have much of a problem. I've been careful about my Email address. I set up a yahoo Email account just so I could use it when filling out forms in web-sites. I think it has about 3,000 Emails right now.
     
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Nov 14, 2006, 02:17 PM
 
Ironically after saying that Gmail stops most of my mail, this morning I wake up to my blackberry downloading 18 emails from my gmail account. All of them spam.

It seems to have stopped now, but this morning loads of spam made it through the Gmail filter. I've been reporting each one as spam.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 11:53 AM
 
Here's an odd one I got this morning.

Call out Gouranga be happy
Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga!
That which brings the highest happiness
I have no idea what it means.
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turtle777  (op)
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Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
I have no idea what it means.
Maybe you should just try it

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5th link in google.

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Nov 15, 2006, 04:31 PM
 
I just hit an average of 300 per day this week.

The main reasons are an account I've kept from 1994, and a domain where I get anything sent to any name. (I should fix that, yeah.) An annoyingly increasing amount seems to be in Chinese, so I don't even know what I'm missing out on.

However, my servers tag most of the spam and Mail then does the rest. I typically get 1 or 2 spam mails in my Inbox daily and haven't gotten a false positive in months, so it doesn't really bother me.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:41 PM
 
My .mac account fluctuates - the last few days it has been 3 or 4 per day but every once in a while the filters get cracked and it goes up to maybe 10 a day, then after a few days it goes back down again. I see about 7-8 per day hitting my gmail spam folder but I've never had one make it to my inbox and only noticed one false positive.


They really ought to get tough on the spammers. I know I know - it's not so simple to prosecute when they are in different countries yada yada yada. It seems that this whole issue has been almost forgotten now, or that they've just somewhat given up on it. Like the "Can-Spam" Act - maybe they ought to take a look at that now that it has been a few years and ask themselves if it really did any good - which it hasn't....then toughen it up *a lot*
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Nov 16, 2006, 08:41 AM
 
Since November 9th, my Spam account has 2620 in it.
     
turtle777  (op)
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So, sorry for the zombie bump, but I fell that this thread is still useful.

It's about a year later, and my daily spam collection has doubled.
I'm between 130 and 190 spam / day , compared to about 75 / day in Oct last year.

Yes, most of it gets caught with Spamassassin, I have less than 0.001% false positives, so really no big deal.

So, anyone else noticed that increase ?

-t
     
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Sep 14, 2007, 11:18 PM
 
Yeah, some of my mailboxes now literally have a 50:1 spam-to-actual-stuff ratio.
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Sep 15, 2007, 12:11 AM
 
I finally got rid of my old work email address. At it's peak I was getting over 10,000 spam messages a month. I'm now down to 2 or 3 per day!
     
turtle777  (op)
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Originally Posted by Atheist View Post
I finally got rid of my old work email address. At it's peak I was getting over 10,000 spam messages a month. I'm now down to 2 or 3 per day!
Yes, changing email address is one way.

But not an option for me, as I have my [email protected].

-t
     
 
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