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Spam is email sent to you with the intent to sell you something,
or to get you to visit a website designed to collect marketing
You can take an agressive stance by using a spam reporting
service, such as SpamCop, or you can simply
delete these emails. Never respond to these emails, click on an
'unsubscribe' link, or visit websites mentioned in the spam emails.
Texas.Net offers a Spam Filter option that
can greatly reduce the amount of spam sent to your computer.
We also recommend using an email program with spam filtering
the Thunderbird email client.
Here are some steps that we can all take to reduce the amount of this
junk that invades our mailboxes.
- Unsolicited commercial advertising
Most spam emails are meant to promote a product or service. Very
few of these emails will include a valid From: address, so
tracing their origin can be challenging.
- Emails attempting to spread a virus
Often, a virus will attempt to infect other computers by emailing
itself to every email address it finds on an infected computer.
Texas.Net deletes potentially malicious file attachments which
might contain common email viruses.
Additional information can be found on our virus information section.
- Undelivered Mail notices resulting from failed spam emails
Spammers send mail to you by addressing it To: you. But they
rarely use a legitimate From: address. Spammers will use your
address as a From: line, and you will get these emails when
the To: address is not valid. (more ...)
- Nonsense Emails
Emails with no clear message or content are sent to confuse spam
filters or just contribute to the volume of junk email that a
network needs to deal with. You should delete these emails, and
never respond or reply to a removal request.
We recommend you use a combination of the Texas.Net spam filter
along with a mail program that includes adaptive spam filtering.
- Lonestar Email Filter
Texas.Net offers you the option to identify or delete incoming spam email.
You may choose from three levels of filtering, along with options to either
delete the mail before it is sent to your computer, or to tag it, so your
email program can redirect it or delete it. Activate Spam Filtering
This is part of our member's Account Info section, so you will need your
Texas.Net username and password.
- Filtering with your email program
There are two ways you can filter spam email with your email program:
You can use the Texas.Net spam filter 'tag' option, and have your email
program direct it to a junk folder, so you can scan it for legitimate
messages before deleting it. Enable Filtering
Many email programs have "adaptive spam filters" that allows you to tell
the program what a particular type of spam looks like, so it can deal
with similar messages accordingly, in the future. Email programs with
this capability are described in the Software area.
- Email Attachments
Nearly all viruses that spread by email move in the form of an
executable file attachment. For this reason, Texas.Net does not
allow these to pass through our servers, and into your inbox.
Many file attachments that can be executed automatically by Windows, or
your mail program, are removed by our servers. When this occurs, you
will receive an email notification informing you that the attachment
was removed. (more ...)
Our servers may also detect some known viruses, including some that
are embedded in .zip files. These will be removed, and a notification
will be sent informing you of the virus removed. (more ...)
There are several steps you can take to prevent your address from
being added to a spammer's address list:
- Never respond to a spam email
Responding to spam will only tell spammers that your email
address is valid, inviting them to send you more spam, and share
your address with other spammers.
- Never use the "click here to remove" link on a spam email
Trying to remove yourself from a spam list is the same as responding.
It will validate the address and result in even more spam.
- Use caution in providing your email address
When filling in web forms, using chat rooms, or posting to
newsgroups, avoid using your email address when possible.
address will be shared or sold to others, before providing it.
- Use a second email address for use in public areas
If you can obtain a second email address, just to use on web
forms, and when needed in chat and newsgroups, you can reduce
the spam sent to your main email account. Texas.Net provides
additional email addresses, and some accounts include these at
no additional charge.
More information about spam
Want to know more about where the spam is coming from? Want to do
something about the spam you receive?
To trace the source of the spam, you will need to look at the full
headers of the email. There are a few cases when you might
be able to alert someone that spam is originating from their network.
We offer some assistance in viewing and reading the headers, deciding
whether the spam should be reported, and determining where to report it.
This information is provided as a reference only. Our support staff
will not be able to assist you in addressing spam that originates from
other networks, and is beyond our control. (more ...)
The best way to report spam is to use one of the spam reporting
services available. One of the oldest spam reporting services is
registering for the free reporting service, they will notify the
originating network when you report spam through them.