Re: Challenge-response mail filters considered harmful
Here's the bottom line:
IF YOU ARE GOING TO ACCEPT ANONYMOUS MAIL, YOU ARE GOING TO GET SPAM.
So accept this fact and either get used to manually deleting spam.
(unless you LIKE knocking yourself out constantly updating filters
that you know are not going to work for long, or paying someone else
to engage in this farcical pastime.)
OR use a decent CR program and concentrate of filling out your passlist
with addresses that you WANT to receive mail from.
Sure, some determined cracker can get through a CR program, once-in-a-while,
with a great deal of work....So what? That same cracker could just as well
trash you computer with a lot less hassle. Or swamp your POP or IMAP
account with so much mail that it wasn't usable. (Etc.)
Most people don't find my MSP acceptable because it is devoid of eye-candy
and doesn't use a mouse.
But there are a lot of good programmers here who could come up with a nice
graphical one in no time at all...
I'd get on it...
For Linux/Bash users: Eliminate spam with the Mailbox-Sentry-Program.
See: http://tinyurl.com/inpd for the scripts and docs.