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Re: debian-user list info and guidelines: spam

On Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 11:39:14AM -0500, John Kaufmann wrote:
> On 2021-01-25 08:56, tomas@tuxteam.de wrote:
> >...
> >Sometimes I get the impression that some economic actors hate mail
> >because it can't be fenced-off as easily as the "social" silos and
> >are doing their best to kill it.
> >
> >A pity that pgp/gpg hasn't caught on better.
> That comment led me to wonder about what contribution pgp/gpg might make to fighting spam. That led to pgp.mit.edu/faq.html, which has this ...

...although I didn't mean to imply that. OTOH, such shenanigans
as Brian reports (the mail provider changing mail's content in
transit -- hamfisted much? What else do they do?) would be cut
short by that.

> >Q: I think spammers got my email address from the PGP keyserver. What can I do?
> >A: Yes, there have been reports of spammers harvesting addresses from PGP keyservers. Unfortunately, there is not much that either we or you can do about this. Our best suggestion is you take advantage of any spam filtering technology offered by your ISP.
> ... which of course brings us back to what triggered this thread. Now, I suspect IAC that addresses harvested from a PGP server would be unprofitable for a spammer, but do you have something operational in mind?

Look, I don't fear spam as much as provider's greed. FWIW, I run my
own mail server and have next to no spam filtering measures (whenever
some source becomes annoying, I quench that one directly) and the
amount of spam I receive is mildly annoying, at most.

IMO the best anti-spam measures are a good MUA and a knowledgeable

 - t

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