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Old 11-28-2004, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default blackberry's and Spam message protection...how?

Just curious, how have the phone providers prevented people from spamming your blackberry email?

Just curious mainly. I know for example, when I got my new hotmail account. A day later I got spammed like 5 times and I didn't even give my new email to anyone. Looks like these spam programs are just randomly trying different xxxxx@hotmail addresses...how do the wireless providers prevent this?
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The providers don't help you at all. Spammers run dictionary attacks on domain names to come up with new user names.... So you are on your own sadly:

There are several options.

1) You can pay for a Spamcop.net account, forward all your email to them, and then to the Blackberry.

2) You can configure your own email server (that is what I did), make sure it has decent spam protection (through for example Spamassassin), or you can purchase service off a hosting provider (like www.guesshosting.com the people that host this site). They offer email with spam assassin and you can get an account for just $30 A YEAR!

3) You can setup 100's of filters in the webclient, this would need you to add and alter filters on a daily basis.

But most importantly, never ever give out your Blackberry email address. You are better off getting a free Gmail account and forwarding THAT to your Blackberry account.

The most ideal situation is a mix of 2 and 3. Get your own domain name (you are looking at around $7 a year here) and then host that with above hoster (for example) , then forward all your email (post spam check) to the Blackberry.

Through Spamassassin I get fewer than 2 spam emails PER WEEK in my inbox. I still check the spam folder every now and then for false positives and if needed add them to my "safe" list.
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You can also go on a BES that has a spam filter.
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You can also go on a BES that has a spam filter.
doesn't this only work on a pop account that uses a BES to make the requests...and not the provider email that goes direct?
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Well you'd forward the email to your bes address...then have your BES address show your real address when you email out
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it's also useful to pick an unusual email address, with numerals, letters and (if permitted) characters. When I set up my hotmail account, I used a shortened version of my name - Big Mistake - like you, I got all kinds of spam, the account is virtually unuseable now. When I set up gmail -I used a jumble of letters and numbers and no spam to date.
For my Blackberry, I use a hosting service and their spam filter and it works very well.
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