- Point the MX record for each domain that I use as the right hand side of an email address to an email service provider that does robust up-to-date SMTP-level spam filtering.
- Use only my own domains for my email addresses.
- Do not do any SMTP forwarding of my email.
- Put all email that gets a SpamAssassin score of 2 or higher in my MaybeSpam mailbox. Look at my MaybeSpam mailbox at most once a day. Order it by spam score and greenlist any non-spam message that shows up in this box (i.e. greenlist the false positives).
- If a spam message is not delivered to the MaybeSpam box, redlist or blocklist it.
In case you are thinking that I didn't have much of a spam problem, consider this: I have been using real email addresses to post to Usenet and mailing lists since 1987. My email addresses, many of which are still alive & well, are all over the Net. For example, one of my live addresses is in the Procmail manual page
If you still have a spam problem, I recommend that you follow the steps above, especially the first three steps, and use one of the email service providers who is 100% focused on email.
2006-December-8 Update: For a discussion about problems caused by forwarding email, see Tracking down lost emails at Ask MetaFilter.
Hashtag: #for-me-spam- [?]
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