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Old 02.12.2008, 12:04
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Fighting Spam in Bluewin Email Accounts?

I have a standard bluewin.ch email address and it is being drowned in spam . usual stuff casinos,viagra etc etc.
is there any way i can stop this stuff? do bluewin have any filters? i do not get any of this rubbish on my UK Wanadoo account
any advice appreciated.
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Old 02.12.2008, 12:36
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Re: SPAM and what you can do

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I have a standard bluewin.ch email address and it is being drowned in spam . usual stuff casinos,viagra etc etc.
is there any way i can stop this stuff? do bluewin have any filters? i do not get any of this rubbish on my UK Wanadoo account
any advice appreciated.
We also have a bluewin email, and we have a filter that seperates the spam from me emails
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Old 02.12.2008, 17:59
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Re: Fighting Spam in Bluewin Email Accounts?

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December 2, 2008 - 11:42AM



I am often amazed (and sometimes disturbed) by some of the well-intentioned, but totally off-the-mark information presented as gospel on the internet.


There are hundreds of forums bursting with sometimes funny, sometimes entertaining and often dangerous solutions to common, everyday problems.


I'm not just talking about tech stuff - anything from health to cars to cooking to assisted suicide is there in virtual black and white for anyone to take (dis)advantage of.


Those who know what they are talking about cringe at some of the suggestions on offer, and rightly so. A serious side-effect of the information super-highway is misinformation.


An example: Hollywood would have us believe that a computer virus is something supernatural that can be seen under an electron microscope as either a bunch of complex, DNA-like geometric shapes, or something that looks like the offspring of a dust-mite and one of those enzymes on the Persil ads.


This is, of course, patently ridiculous. Computer viruses are nothing more than a line (or a few lines) of programing language. So, the big question then, is what does computer code look like? Nothing like our enzyme, nor the cascading, green mixture of Kanji, Cyrillic and Romanic characters as portrayed in the Matrix either.


It looks like ordinary numbers and letters. It's a letdown, I know. Those who would propagate the myth will be the most perturbed because misinformation is the new black - the latest weapon the bad guys are deploying to dupe us into giving them money.


These days, our malware scanners are clever - clever enough to find bugs hiding in other files or in an email attachment. We are also better educated about these things, driven to paranoia over every email or download.
With our computers tied up tighter than a , how then do the bad guys get past security?


They do it by playing on human emotions; greed, gullibility and ignorance - traits some of us have in spades (whatever 'in spades' means). The internet has been a boomtown for many: that guy who made TradeMe, those who made Yahoo!, Facebook, MySpace, Yourspace and EverybodyElsesSpace; in fact, too many to list have made millions in the virtual final frontier.


Not far behind the legitimate dot.com zillionaires are the bad guys. While the toughest neighbourhoods in places like Chicago, Boston, Rio, Mexico City and South Auckland are ruled by some ham-fisted gang or another, the internet is the playground of smarter gangstas who don't waste time actually killing to make a killing; all they need to do is fool a million people a day into paying 30 bucks for software that doesn't do anything (though one could argue that Norton and McAfee have been doing that for years).



With millions of new users signing up to the internet every day, there is am endless supply of naive and greedy people to be scammed.


The internet Mafia actively recruit their coders from eastern-European and Asian universities to write some of the best Windows exploits known.


Modern virus writers aren't concerned with virtual tagging any more; that kind of activity is now left to wanna-be black-hats who mostly tweak existing viral code and re-release it to get their jollies.


Our security software is well prepared for this clumsy style of attack and, in 99 per cent of cases, successfully defeats it. These days it is more about money than mayhem.


But all this doesn't tell us what a virus looks like. Many of us have never had a virus and have never seen what happens when we get one and it worries us. What does our anti-virus software do and what should we do? Are we good enough to be able to handle the emergency?


It's a bit like a Civil Defence exercise - we won't know until it happens. We can, however, test our system and get comfortable with our action plan without putting ourselves in danger.


Type (or cut and paste) the following line of code into a new text file and save it to your desktop, calling it anything you want:
X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*


Depending on your AV software, you might not get very far. If you manage to complete that procedure, scan it and see what happens. You can also try renaming the text file to something like virus.com and, if your security software lets you, double-click on it and try to run it. What happens?


I bet you are already plotting the fun you could have with this by emailing it to people, but don't do it. I made the mistake of writing a piece about it in my company newsletter, which went out to a few thousand email users worldwide and resulted in some considerable negative attention, so be very careful with it.


Oh, and don't say you got it from me.


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Re: Fighting Spam in Bluewin Email Accounts?

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Type (or cut and paste) the following line of code into a new text file and save it to your desktop, calling it anything you want:
X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Depending on your AV software, you might not get very far.
Nice! Copied line, put it in Notebook, and attempted to save the file. Norton refused to allow me to do so.

I suspected all along that my computer was pretty well protected, but was glad to have this test confirm it.
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