A few months ago I was getting roughly 500 spams a day. Now it's closer to 700.
The news on the spam front is bad as well. A spammer won a declarative judgement against the leading anti-spam activist, Spamhaus, because Spamhaus refused to pay for a lawyer and contest the suit. The FTC continues to enforce a phony "CAN-SPAM" law that defines a lot of things I consider spam as non-spam, so my gmail box, for instance, keeps filling up with Amazon spam since I have bought stuff from them.
It's a bother, but not enough of a bother that I change my e-mail address or put any speedbumps (answer this question, prove you're not a robot) between myself and my correspondents.
Instead, I use Mailwasher.
Actually I use the paid, pro version of Mailwasher, which lets me deal with multiple e-mail boxes at once.
More important, Mailwasher lets me define spam. It ranks messages based on how likely they are to be spam, but lets me bounce and delete any other message I choose.
- Did Apple (or some other vendor) stick you on a mailing list because you failed to uncheck a box? Add them to your personal blacklist.
- Did a friend piss you off beyond living endurance? Put them on your personal blacklist.
- Is someone getting foreign language spam through by spoofing your e-mail address as the sender? Delete 'em at a click.
There are times when a spam gets through. It may hit my inbox in the moments between my deleting my spam and going to my e-mail program to receive mail. But we're talking here of just a few messages at a time -- easily dealt with.
But the most important feature here is who defines spam with Mailwasher. With Mailwasher, you define spam. Not the government. Not the sender. You.
Now that's what I call freedom.