Tag: blacklists

Time For Personal Blacklists?

I can’t really add much to Techdirt’s opinion on what is and isn’t spam – it is in fact a matter of perception.

But the underlying problem regarding blacklists does deserve some elaboration. When a blacklist adds a record because of just a few complaints, legitimate mailers to legitimate opt-in customers do get hurt. Unfortunately, the everyday Joe has neither the time, inclination, nor skills to manage a personal blacklist (whether it is implemented directly or by their email service provider). The issue deserves additional attention, I’m just not sure who is the right one for the job.

Throttling solutions from IBM and Symantec

This isn’t exactly late breaking news, but Yahoo! posted an article on some new anti-spam technologies, entitled IBM And Symantec Look To The Sources To Try Slowing Spam, which gives a pretty good explanation of how IBM’s FairUCE and Symantec’s appliance-based traffic shaping technologies work. It is worth a read, particularly if you are still under the impression IBM is planning on “spamming spammers.” It is also worthy of a few comments.