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The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 37 November 2006 
  • Greetings From the Edi...
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  • BMI Spam Updates
  • Farewell
  • SPAM
  • Picture Find
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  • SPAM
    by Victor Luna
    November 2006
    Junk mail or SPAM whichever you want to call it, is unsolicited, unwanted and inappropriate email that is sent out to thousands of email addresses. Commercial advertising, promotions and scams, in mass quantities is spam.

    Little can be done about spam, since the Internet is a public network. There are laws against sending spam in the united States, but a vast majority of spam is generated outside the country. For that reason, it is hard to police and enforce the Anti-Spamming laws.

    The good news is there are spam filters within some email programs that will reduce and remove most spam.

    Sometimes you can get on a mailing list and begin receiving emails that resemble spam. The difference is that you have purposefully, or unknowingly, put yourself on that mailing list. This often happens by going to websites that ask for your email, and you enter it. This can also happen when you sign up for, or purchase something online. You enter your email address as part of the subscription or purchase, and overlook the "disclaimer". Most often there is a disclaimer stating that you agree to receive offers from this company via email. A reputable company will have a box that you can "check or uncheck" to remove yourself from the list, but many times it is not prominently displayed and can easily be overlooked.

    Emails from mailing lists that you inadvertently signed up for are legitimate, although they may seem to be spam from your point of view. Most of these emails will have an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. To unsubscribe you have to click on the link provided where it should ask for your email address and that you want them to stop sending you emails.

    BMI filters your email at no cost. Every email sent to you gets graded by the subject, the body and content, how many people it's being sent to, and key words. All of these scores are then compiled (which takes on milliseconds). The score determines if the email fails and is sent to your quarantine, or it passes and it goes to your inbox.

    You can inspect your quarantined mail at your personal Email Center from BMI. Within your email center, you can view the mail that has been filtered out, request it be delivered to you, or simply disregard it. It will automatically be deleted after two weeks if no action is taken. You may also add email addresses of friends, family and companies that you ALWAYS wish to receive email from so that they are not sent through the spam scoring process. It is yours to control, as you wish. Simply go to our homepage BMI Homepage
    and click on quarantine at the top of the page to login to you email center.
    Here are some links to learn more about spam:

    Spam Abuse
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