by brian d foy
Related link: http://www.spambouncer.org
I have mostly been away from my unix account on PANIX, so I have not been irritated by all of the spam that has shown up in my inbox. After the MyDoom incident, I started to get a lot of it. I think the spammers must have made a slight jump ahead in the arms race. Now they purposedly misspell words and construct much more natural looking messages. After a quick download, I no longer have to see those messages.
Every time a get a surge of spam in my inbox, I simply update my SpamBouncer filters. It uses procmail behind the scenes, and the author, Catherine Hampton, updates everything religiously. I do not have to fool with anything. Indeed, I can update everything with a cron job if I was motivated enough to take the five minutes to set it up.
As far as I know she has never asked for anything in return, and everything is available under the Free Software Foundation's COPYING principles (which seems a little more vague than being licensed as such). Hooray for open source and huzzah for community!
Seems like a great system - lots of features
Had been looking at Active Spam Killer and TMDA, but SpamBouncer seems more comprehensive in features though not sure how much traffic it can handle. Definitely seems worth trying. Says it can be installed at user level.
SpamBouncer is a de facto FPoS
SpamBouncer is a typical example of the cure being worse than the disease. My first encounter with this FPoS was a few minutes ago. I sent a message to a friend, only to see it returned a few seconds later. SpamBouncer proudly annouced to me that it identified my message as SPAM! Well, the HELL with this FPoS!
SpamBouncer is a de facto FPoS (*not*)
Sounds like your friend has the setting cranked up to 'paranoid', or you're using a known-spam-friendly ISP. I've been using SB for several versions now and it's always defaulted to less filtering, not more (if you do no configuring except enter your domain and such, it lets almost everything through, except for viruses and blatant spam). Also, if your friend had the password feature enabled, you would have gotten a message back telling you how to allow your message through, *even though* it thought it was spam.