Spam 'n Virus Blast It!
Spam 'n Virus Blast It!
Spam 'n Virus Blast It! (SVBI!) is your fortress against spam and viruses. You'll protect your Webmail by setting up...
your email accounts, and
Spam 'n Virus Blast It! is divided into two sections...
Email Account Management, where you create and manage your individual mail accounts
Whitelist Management, where you manage who is allowed to send you email.
For email to reach you, the sender must send mail that is both...
TO an existing email account
- and -
- FROM an address that is on your whitelist.
Use this section, SVBI!, to manage those two simple blocks (Email Accounts and Whitelist). Online help will show you how to manage your email accounts and your whitelist in each of those respective sections.
For now, let's give you the big picture through an overall example of SVBI! in action...
Let's say that some low-life spammer pulls out a "book of names" and sends a zillion emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. And he also sends to every possible function, too... email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc., etc. Here's how SVBI! chops that load down to zero...
1) Let's say that you have three active email accounts, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. All emails sent to the zillion other addresses (that do not exist) are simply refused.
A flat refusal (AKA "bounce") is far better than a graphic challenge system that replies to all spam by asking the sender to do something to prove that it's human. Why?
Replies only add to the spam problem -- if everyone did it, the spam volume would double overnight. One reply for every spam. Bad.
Worse, if you send enough of those replies to forgeries that come from outlook.com, for example, Outlook.com itself may consider you to be an irresponsible mail sender (or worse, a spammer!). Why? Because those replies are real email!
However, when our mail server refuses all that junk mail from Outlook.com, it's telling Outlook.com's mail server that it is sending out junk and that you don't want it. In other words, you're not responsible. They are.
That is one important way that SVBI! maintains your "email reputation" with the major providers of email services (e.g., Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Gmail, etc.).
We've reduced the zillion emails down to three possible good guesses by Joe Spammer.... firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. So now...
Let's take a look at Joe Spammer's "from" address (almost certainly forged). That address is not on your whitelist! So those emails are refused, too.
Two Important Management Tips
Tip #1) You should build your site so that you never provide direct email access links on your site -- spambots harvest those and soon you'll be bombarded. Instead, use Form Build It! to build a "Contact Us" form that you add to a page. Then provide links to that page where necessary. Two advantages...
With a Captcha challenge graphic, only humans can fill in forms, so SVBI! lets those through to you. And it automatically adds submitted email addresses to your whitelist... no need for you to update the whitelist manually!
Tip #2) Everyone you know should be on your whitelist. SVBI! even allows you to create wormholes to allow "new friends" to get onto your whitelist.
As you'll see, creating your whitelist requires a one-time-only setup by you. After that, SVBI! manages it automatically, with optional fine-tuning by you.
You'll also see that you can turn "whitelist filtering" off. SVBI! will continue to build and manage a whitelist, but it will not check the sender's email address against that list if you turn this off. Whenever you're ready to turn it on, merely do your one-time whitelist creation and you're "good to go!"
More on these tips when you get to the sections where you manage your email accounts and your whitelist.
Now, back to "the wrinkle" -- we were discussing how spammers might guess at an email account that you've created. How can we differentiate those (bad) emails from (good) emails sent by a friend, colleague, or associate who has been accidentally left off your Whitelist?
It's not very likely that this will ever happen, as you'll see when the whitelisting help shows you how to set up your whitelist. But it's possible.
So here's what SVBI! does when you receive mail to a bona fide email account that comes from an address that's not on your whitelist...
When we refuse that email, we insert a message, right in the refusal, that asks the sender to go to this URL...
All the sender has to do is register for your whitelist at that URL (one-time only) and she'll automatically be on it, ready to send email that SVBI! allows through!
Now That You Have the SVBI! Big Picture...
Get started. All you have to do to build your own fortress is...
1) Set Up Your Email Accounts
Unlimited email accounts allow you the flexibility you need while eliminating mail to all other addresses. Three buttons manage it all...
Create New Accounts (including wormholes)
2) Create Your Whitelist
Whitelisting ensures that the emails you receive are from real humans who want to communicate with you instead of spam you. Two buttons manage it all...
Add to Whitelist
Remove from Whitelist
And you can turn whitelist filtering off, as well as opt-out of the affiliate promo message.