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The 8 Most Used
Anti-SPAM Techniques
Password Blocks mail without a specific encrypted password in the subject line.
Plus: Only those who know the password get their messages through.
Minus: Only those who know the password get their messages through.
Challenge/Response Blocks unapproved email until the sender responds to a challenge email.
Plus: Eliminates machine-generated email
Minus: Tends to be an irritant to those sending legitimate email.
WhiteList Allows emails from those a specific email address list.
Plus: Only those who are on the list get their messages through.
Minus: Only those who are on the list get their messages through.
BlackList Blocks mail sent from a specific email address list.
Plus: Eliminate email from known spammers, allowing the legitimate ones through. BlackLists should be used for specific individuals, such as that aquantaince from college who keeps forwarding you all those chain letters.
Minus: BlackLists are not effective against spam email because the individuals that send spam rarely utilize the same address twice, so placing every spam from address into the BlackList ends up being a waste of time.
Rules-Based Blocks mail based on a pre-determined set of rules.
Plus: Eliminates spam based on message characteristics such as odd formatting.
Minus: Spammers readily modify their emails to subvert this method
Community-Based Blocks specific email based on the general consensus of a user group.
Plus: Personal email gets through, because only those messages sent to the group as a whole are identified
Minus: Since the majority rules, those spam emails sent to a more targeted group within the group might not be properly classified.
Adaptaive Learns by analyzing and comparison of spam and non-spam email messages.
Plus: Learns and adapts readily to changes in spammers habits.
Minus: Takes time to properly train and requires sufficient quanities of both spam and non-spam for analysis and comparison.
Legislative Our government at work, regulating spam through legislature.
Plus: Makes some spam illegal and severely penalizing the spammers (i.e. jail).
Minus: Most spammers are already using offshore facilities, thus escaping US mandate. Not all spam might be considered illegal.