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November 19th, 2000


Here’s why I love Brightmail‘s free spam filtering service: because spam is nothing short of annoying, offensive, and often illegal e-mail that is good for absolutely nothing. And Brightmail keeps the garbage from ever crossing my line of vision. In fact, I’d say that 85% of all spam is blocked by Brightmail, and the rest I report to Spamcop.

Here’s a brief example of the 14 spam messages Brightmail blocked in one day alone, representing 44k of saved bandwidth on my end:

== SUSPECTED SPAM REMOVED FROM YOUR ACCOUNT============================Subject                      From                    Date Caught  Size---------------------------  ----------------------  -----------  -----$200,000 WORTH OF FREE A...           11/15/2000   1730 Accept All Credit Cards ...        11/15/2000   4164 KONLIN Letter Sets $4 - ...    11/15/2000   6023 Are you serious about ma...  11/15/2000   1530 End the Confusion...    ...        11/15/2000   2149 More Sales + NO Set Up F...   11/15/2000   3791 Accept All Credit Cards ...        11/15/2000   4365 ***Explosion***         ...  moneycipriano@conne...  11/15/2000   2160 MAKE WINDOWS MORE RELIABLE    11/15/2000   1555 Need More Energy, Less S...        11/15/2000   3044 Billions of dollars that...           11/15/2000   4096 Progress...             ...      11/15/2000   1252 Let us make sure you're ...  11/15/2000   3607 Adv: Are you tired of pa...     11/15/2000   5385 =======================================================================

Brightmail is nice because it requires no additional software — it simply serves as a proxy for your normal POP3 server. If you trust Brightmail (an issue that does come up with any remote proxy like this), then you can easily block spam. Check it out. -ram

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday November 19, 2000 -- 11:11:56AM
What, no porn spam?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 1, 2001 -- 11:39:45AM
AAAAAARGGGGH... now I have to find a NEW way to battle the evil spam demons:
Dear Free Brightmail Users,

We regret to inform you that effective June 1, 2001, Free Brightmail will be permanently shut down. While we have enjoyed providing you with this service, due to resource constraints, we are discontinuing Free Brightmail.

To avoid any interruption of your email, we ask that you disable Free Brightmail at your earliest convenience. (Instructions below) Once your email is reconfigured, please let us know, and we will remove your name from our database.

Below is a list of ISPs offering the Brightmail Anti-Spam Solution free to their users.

Thank you for being a part of Free Brightmail.

The Free Brightmail team

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 1, 2001 -- 12:48:34PM
This is just more proof that there is no such thing as a free lunch. There is, however, plenty of HOT ASIAN TEEN SEXXX PIXXX to everyone.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Tuesday May 1, 2001 -- 2:20:22PM
so where can we find another free spam filtering service??

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 1, 2001 -- 2:48:26PM
Dave -- I don't believe one exists, unfortunately.

FROM: Peter J
DATE: Monday May 14, 2001 -- 6:39:44AM

...not free but it works

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 14, 2001 -- 8:38:15AM
Hm...'s site looks awfully familiar... I wonder where they got the color scheme/UI from... :)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday June 1, 2001 -- 10:52:58AM
I've been meaning to mention... I've gotten absolutely sick and tired of dealing with Spam since Brightmail's closing (this morning I've had a dozen spam and only about five legit e-mails), so I tried Popuce a week or two ago. While, yes, it does do a pretty good job at deleting spam, it also deleted a number of messages that should NOT have been touched (something Brightmail never once did). Methinks their algorithms are not very good. And I'm not willing to go through that much effort to set up "don't delete these" filters just to get my regular e-mail.

I deleted my account there within a couple of hours. It's a shame, too, because if it had worked well, I would have been willing to pay.

The search continues... the thing is, I don't want to use a new address that filters the mail for me -- I want something that will filter the e-mail on my existing account(s) like Brightmail did.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Friday June 1, 2001 -- 12:22:16PM
I'm using that site. It did think a few pieces of regular mail were spam so I just added them to the do not delete list and it works fine. for $14 a year it is well worth it and I dont mind a little work to get rid of spam!!

FROM: Dave Hauss
DATE: Tuesday November 20, 2001 -- 9:05:28AM
Does anyone know what happened to POPUCE.COM?? I subscribed a while back and it was working great but now it seems to be GONE.. is there anything else we can use like this??

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