Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 833786
February 2004 Steps that you can take to help identify and to help protect yourself from deceptive (spoofed) Web sites and malicious hyperlinks.
Fight phishing. Probably too techie for many readers.
How Not to Get Hooked by a 'Phishing' Scam
Internet scammers casting about for people's financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go "phishing."
From the Federal Trade Commission July 2003
People buying tickets online through Ticketmaster may be surprised to find themselves receiving spam as an encore.
CNET News.com August 6, 2003
Kill Spam With Your Own Two Hands
by Stephen Manes, Forbes magazine. June 23, 2003 issue. A must read. An
overview of various anti-spam techniques and short reviews of anti-spam
programs. His favorite was Matador.
Unsuspecting Computer Users Relay Spam
The New York Times. May 20,2003. Page one. By Saul Hansell. Spammers are
increasingly sending their messages covertly through the computers of home and
office Internet users. The users are often unaware that their computers have
SpamBayes knows spam
By Jon Udell May 16, 2003 InfoWorld magazine. A must read. Ella ($30
from openfieldsoftware.com) functions much the same. It learns from examples of mail you've already
received and supports a category between spam and not spam.
Spammers and virus writers unite
As companies tackle spam, the number of insecure internet relays available for spammers to use is diminishing.
This has driven some of them to create virus-like programs that take over your
email account and use it to funnel SPAM messages. Like many other viruses these programs exploit weaknesses in
Microsoft Outlook. BBC News April 30, 2003
A New Way to Can E-mail Spam
Fortune Magazine. April 15, 2003
Cloudmark is about to release SpamNet which claims to eliminate 90% of junk
e-mail by harnessing peer-to-peer technology to broaden its filtering mechanism. Users hit the "block" button whenever they
receive spam, and after that the unwanted e-mail is rejected by any computer loaded with SpamNet software.
The value of the network increases exponentially with the number of people who
join it. About 350,000 people have downloaded the software since it became available
in the summer of 2002 and it's gotten some good reviews.
When Everything Was Spam to
ISP. An overly-sensitive spam filter caused a week-long blockade that resulted in
non-delivery of some email messages sent to EarthLink subscribers in late October 2002.
Spam filters revealing their darker
side. Efforts to eradicate spam are creating collateral damage as network executives find that aggressive filters can block receipt
of legitimate mail and create uncertainty over successful delivery. Network World Magazine. September 9,2002.
Question to Walter Mossberg in the
Wall Street Journal June 24, 2004: Two e-mail messages were returned to me because they couldn't be delivered due to viruses they contained. But I didn't send these messages. Someone has been using my e-mail address
Paranoia: The Best Defense Against E-Mail Attacks
by Scott Spanbauer PC World magazine, January 26, 2005. Quoting: "If you keep just this one thing in mind, you'll protect yourself from the majority of e-mail attacks: Assume any message could be malicious."
You've Got... Options
by Walter Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal. June 2004. Four ways to get
AOL email without using AOL software.
Is One-Fourth of Your E-Mail Getting Lost?
by Brian Livingston in Datamation. April 19, 2004. Most major ISPs shunt into end users' Junk Mail folders — or simply delete — about one-quarter of the corporate opt-in communications that their customers have requested.