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  • Dean C
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    Originally posted by hitmancode47 View Post
    Im happy with BT at the moment, i pay for 6.5 meg and get around 5-6 meg.

    Its the only ISP around here that has actually done what they say they will.

    Virgin sucked big time, they said one thing and did completely opposite, example was they said it would cost no more than 10 quid a month, what do i find after a month? a 35 pounds bill, for internet. riddiculus
    BT's policy for data transfer is awful. They charge you extortionate amounts if you exceed your data limit. Virgin media are awful unless you get the unshaped traffic package. The best ISP I've had was UKOnline. Not a second of downtime in over a year, no traffic shaping and you have to download about 250gb (which is a hell of a lot, of course) before they ask you to slow down (rather than charging you, like BT).

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  • hitmancode47
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    Do you change ISPs like you change your socks?
    Im happy with BT at the moment, i pay for 6.5 meg and get around 5-6 meg.

    Its the only ISP around here that has actually done what they say they will.

    Virgin sucked big time, they said one thing and did completely opposite, example was they said it would cost no more than 10 quid a month, what do i find after a month? a 35 pounds bill, for internet. riddiculus

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  • beishe8
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    Originally posted by bigwater View Post
    and a year is plenty of time to transition my personal email if I get bought up again.
    Just a fresh example why not use ISP's email:
    http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showp...23&postcount=1

    The above poster's email is from an ISP(Optus).

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  • bigwater
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    I have my business domain that will never go anywhere as far as the email addys go (as long as I stay in business) and a year is plenty of time to transition my personal email if I get bought up again. I do have several free accounts... you have to have one to have yahoo and msn messenger services, and I have a couple of gmail accounts I've used for scam baiting, etc... but I consider all of those disposable accounts and don't give them out as a reliable way to contact me. I couldn't tell you when the last time I checked any of those disposable accounts.

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  • beishe8
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    Originally posted by bigwater View Post
    I don't know how folks in the real world work. Do you change ISPs like you change your socks?
    No,I don't.
    Started with AOL Dial-Up. Changing to ADSL was problematic because I still had to pay AOL if I wanted to keep my email address.
    The ADSL provider became unreliable because of its unlimited plans.
    Change to another provider:their email service wasn't reliable.Waiting for 12-24 hours for an email in today's world is unacceptable .
    Change to my present provider: their email service is reliable but I already have my service from free email service providers and I have my own domain to receive emails.


    The one time I changed ISPs up here it was because Alltel was bought out by Windstream, and they gave me a year to transition my email addy from @alltel to @windstream
    Should they be bought out again by someone else you are going to face the same problem: Have to send everyone on your list a notice of email address change.

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  • bigwater
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    Well I guess I'm sort of wearing blinders here since I don't have much of a choice for an ISP. I'm in a rural community and you can choose to get internet access through the only phone service provider, or not. I hadn't considered changing ISPs, because for me that's not an option.

    I don't know how folks in the real world work. Do you change ISPs like you change your socks? The one time I changed ISPs up here it was because Alltel was bought out by Windstream, and they gave me a year to transition my email addy from @alltel to @windstream

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  • beishe8
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    Originally posted by bigwater View Post
    I gave up on the free email services long ago. Use a real, honest to goodness email address from your ISP...
    I would not use an email address from my ISP.
    Moving to another ISP could be problematic.

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  • hitmancode47
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    When i first joined Gmail, you couldent signup with an account that you can get today, i had the invitation code system, where you could ONLY signup with the account code thing. Back then google mail was very good, i used it as my default for everything

    But now, im reluctant to use it, i prefer using my own hosting, because at least then i know my E-Mail address isnt being sold to some agency to be input into spambots.

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  • Gladius
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    Originally posted by Dean C View Post
    You must be unlucky. I check my spam folder about once a week, and I've only ever seen one false positive (and I could see exactly why as well).
    Every time someone complains about Gmail someone else asserts that they "must be unlucky". Too funny. We should form a coalition of the Gmail-unlucky. My experience is even worse than Wayne's, and I know several other people with exactly the same feedback for Google. Not that anyone over there has done anything about it in all the years that Gmail's been available... eh. But we've been through this debate before; some people who are lucky enough to have no issues with Gmail seem intent on convincing those who do that they're the only ones.

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  • bigwater
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    I gave up on the free email services long ago. Use a real, honest to goodness email address from your ISP or your own server, and use a good preview program like Mailwasher which allows you to bounce messages back from the server as undeliverable. It keeps you from getting on lists, and helps remove you from the ones you do end up on. I get maybe five spam messages a week now, most all of them random hits from the 419 Nigerians (who all get a bounce back). All of the ***** pill and hot milf spam disappears as soon as the first bounce backs are sent. These guys are spending money to send spam to you, and if they're bouncing back as undeliverable they won't keep you on their list for long.

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  • motowebmaster
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    It's a personal decision, but for what it's worth I've been using the same personal domain/email address for over a decade. As you can guess my email address is more popular among spammers than a stack of Pinups

    There are several email-filtering services out there. It isn't too difficult to determine what I use, but the concept is the similar regardless of the provider - have the the filtering provider do the heavy-lifting and restrict incoming email at your firewall to only their network.

    I could cave-in a decent server just with the amount of email that I actually receive but my server actually processes only 40-50 messages per day, but on the outside it's thousands that never actually arrive to my server.

    One would think this type of service is expensive, but it doesn't have to be - depending on what you're looking for.

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  • hitmancode47
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    Originally posted by boro_boy View Post
    www.boxbe.com

    I use it and its free, its very good. Takes a few days to start working properly.
    It requires my Gmail username & password. I dont feel safe giving it to sites like that.

    Im probably going to get private hosting and use E-Mail from that,

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  • boro_boy
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    Originally posted by hitmancode47 View Post
    Hi everyone

    Been getting a ton of spam E-Mail recently, its been happening for a few weeks now

    Thing that anoys me the most is that i havent signed up for anything that would be considered spam, or anything that would be classed from the screenshot below:



    Where does it all come from?

    BTW its the same E-Mails all the time - images are all the same (Its images of a canadian pharmacy if that makes sence?)

    google didnt filter this lot out. even though i set it to.

    Any idea how i can block it all permanently? - or better still, find out HOW it got there in th first place?
    www.boxbe.com

    I use it and its free, its very good. Takes a few days to start working properly.

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  • Dean C
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    Originally posted by Wayne Luke View Post
    There are too many false positives to just ignore the spam folder. You still have to go through it.
    You must be unlucky. I check my spam folder about once a week, and I've only ever seen one false positive (and I could see exactly why as well).

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  • JakeS
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    I think they initially "generate" the email and send an email, if it gets through without getting an "invalid" email back. (You know the one you get if you send an email to an invalid email?)

    If it does they send more, if you open the email, and it has images, that's it. It knows it's a real email for sure. as it knows you just loaded the email.

    My "live" email, which I never used, just set it up, never really used it, so it just sat their not doing much. Starting receiving spam even though I hadn't told anyone the email.

    How to prevent? Well that's the tricky bit.

    However, I use "Thunderbird", I've set up a whole lot of message filters, so it filters everything I want into nice folders. Mainly set that up due to mailing lists (Trust me, when you got hundreds of emails coming in everyday, you don't want them all stuck in your inbox, it gets a tad cluttered, and thus moves them to the mailing list names folder.

    Also did this for spam, set up a few "Key words".. for example typical spam comes through as:

    viagra
    buy
    cheap oem crap

    and so on.

    This is probably one of the easiest ways of "stopping spam" although it doesn't stop it, but it stops it bothering you.

    So, if thunderbird, see's any messages set with the spam parameters, it finds them, and puts them in the junk folder. I also click the "junk" button, as that way it does detect junk even if it slips past my filters as TB learns that way.

    I rarely go to the hotmail interface or gmail or any of those now, as I use thunderbird and have done for a few years now :-)

    (Which is why when I go into hotmail now, I feel lost, I couldn't even find how to check the mail quota (How much storage you used) when I wanted to lol.)

    Just my 2c.

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