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Why is my SPF Record not working?

A spammer is using my domain to send spam, and I'm receiving a large amount of bounced email. I have an SPF record on the domain, however it doesn't appear to be having any effect. Receiving MTA's ...
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How to report spam to blacklists

Is there a central place to report spam to various blacklists ? I regularly report to spamcop, but I do not see the addresses I reported as listed. (I guess nobody else bothers with my regular ...
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How do I do an exact whois search?

When I execute the following whois command on my Ubuntu server, I get all sorts of other domains which contain google.com in the name, but clearly aren't owned by google. As this appears to be some ...
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Workaround SpamAssassin Y2K10 Bug (Mac OS X Server)

Bug Report: https://issues.apache.org/SpamAssassin/show_bug.cgi?id=6269 It turns out that SpamAssassin is adding a score of 3.2 (FH_DATE_PAST_20XX) to all email going through my mail server (Mac OS X ...
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Emails going to Junk for Hotmail recipients

We send daily mass emails to our customers (~30,000+ emails per day). We have problems with Hotmail users receiving our emails. Sometimes the email goes to the Junk folder, but often it will got to ...
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Can a Barracuda Spam Filter 300 reject mail based on DNS?

Can a Barracuda SF 300 reject mail based on DNS? Specifically can it respond with a 4XX code for mail claiming to be from a domain without a valid MX or A record (similar to postfix's ...
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How do you test a new email filtering system?

What method do you use to test or evaluate potential new email filtering systems before you set it up on your production network? I am particularly interested in methods that are appropriate for ...
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Any antispam software beside SpamAssassin?

What other antispam software (server side) is available besides SpamAssassin?
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Stop Outgoing Spam Already Tagged as Spam

I run a Postfix server with Amavis and Spamassassin among other things. Postfix receives mail from the outside world and passes it on to Amavis. Amavis has Spamassassin rate the mail, and then tags it ...
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Disable Outlook Web Access Junk filtering in Exchange 2013

By default, Outlook Web Access (OWA) in Exchange 2013 seems to move suspected junk mail to the Junk Email folder. This is undesirable behavior in most of my environments because we have Barracuda Spam ...
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Are SPF needed for domains that do not send mails and do not have MX record?

I have some domains registered that do not send mails. I have totally removed MX record for these domains on my DNS. Is it still useful to set an SPF record in order to avoid spammer to send mails ...
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Can anyone recommend a perimeter SPAM filtering service? [closed]

I am interested in what folks are using for perimeter SPAM filtering services. The service must: plug in via MX records in DNS (e.g. MX -> perimeter filter -> my mail server) can be secured such ...
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Send email on behalf of clients

We're a communications company primarily doing printing of statements / utility bills, then mailing them out in the post. A few clients have asked for e-Delivery. Pretty much take the print output as ...
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With regard to anti-spam practices, what exactly does a typical reverse DNS check look for?

My understanding is that a typical reverse DNS lookup will compare the SMTP hostname (provided in the EHLO/HELO command) of an incoming connection and verify that it matches the PTR record for the ...
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Spam addressed to a sender but received by everyone else

Spam's been getting through Postini lately that's addressed to a recipient (bob@example.com) in the To: field and in the headers. While this isn't that strange -- we've had spam get through before -- ...
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Hotmail and Gmail mark emails as spam [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to send emails and avoid them being classified as spam I have been developing a PHP application and one of the features in that application is the ability to send ...
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Will blocking port 25 on a router cripple outlook clients?

I work at a small ISP, we manage about 60 buildings with p2p radios and a main cisco router at a central location. Recently we were notified that a phishing domain is associated with one of our IPs. ...
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Spam received to mystery “users” email group

This morning, our entire company received a spam message sent to users@ourdomain.on.ca, where ourdomain.on.ca is our actual domain. There is a distinguished name that this could correspond to: ...
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With valid SPF my mail header becomes huge -> high spamassasin score

I have a dedicated server with a survey system running on a subdomain. The parent domain is hosted on another server. I send email via google apps. Reverse DNS is correct. Without SPF og DKIM, the ...
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How to stop backscatter email spam

I know I can't do anything about people spoofing my email address, but what can I do about all those annoying bounce-mails? I get 5-10 "Undeliverable mail" a day, but I don't know how I can filter ...
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Running a mail forwarding service, what are some steps I should take to prevent my IPs being blacklisted

Background: I'm about to launch a service which offers email forwarding for a large number of domains. Say you want people to be able to contact you using you@somesite.com, all emails sent to that ...
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How to detect form spamming on your web servers?

If you run hundred of web sites on your servers, what it is the most efficient, automated way to detect if bots are using your HTML forms to send spam email, even if your forms have some kind of ...
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What is preferable, “no-reply@” or “noreply@”? [closed]

Having a service that sends out notifications to users, I'm currently thinking about changing the sender email address from "info@" to something more meaningful. Since a reply never makes sense, I'm ...
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How can I track who is sending spam through an Exchange server?

I have an Exchange 2003 server that sent me an email this morning: SMTP Server Remote Queue Length Alert Looking in the queues using Exchange System Manager there were just over 16,000 spam ...
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IMAP standard folder names - “Junk” or “Spam”

I am configuring spamassassin at the moment and have been wondering what is the standard (or atleast most used and recognized by most clients) folder name for Spam or Junk? I first used Spam, but ...
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Barracuda tagging email with 'date grossly in the future.'

I have a Barracuda 300. Granted it's running on some old firmware and the Energize updates are quite outdated. I'd like to update them, but, not my financial decision to do so. Starting around the ...
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Optimal parameters set for Postfix “smtpd_recipient_restrictions”

we've inherited the DNS from another ISP and now our mail server is bombed by about 1000 emails per minute, 99.99% of these emails are just spam. We're trying to optimize the filtering/rejecting the ...
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Silently drop OUTGOING mails to us.er.n.a.me@gmail.com (more than 3 dots in username part)

With postfix-2.6.6-2.2.el6_1.x86_64 on CentOS 6.4 is there please a way to inspect OUTGOING mails and silently drop them (i.e. do not send them) if the recipient looks like us.er.n.a.me@gmail.com ...
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Postfix check outgoing mail for spam

How can I force postfix to check (and log/flag/etc) all outgoing mail for spam? Just want to make sure I'm doing my part on my servers. EDIT: Postfix config, as requested. main.cf # See ...
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Server Sending Spam?

We have some servers hosting websites and email accounts for clients. Today we found that one of our servers has a very heavy load and by looking at the maillog it is doing a lot of sending to ...
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Forefront Protection for Exchange - Allowed sender still delivered to Junk Mail

I've got a fresh install of Server 2008 R2 SP1, Exchange 2010 SP1, and Forefront 2010 Protection for Exchange. All on the same box, Exchange is CAS/Hub/MBS. This is a testing box, looking to evaluate ...
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Avoid creating backscatter on a Postfix forwarding server

I run a Postfix server that hosts a small, alias-based mailing list. Let's say people@myserver forwards to alice@someprovider and bob@someotherprovider. Now, alice@someprovider might use a more ...
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Why are emails sent from my applications being marked as spam?

I have 2 web apps running on the same server. The first is www.nimikri.com and the other is www.hourjar.com. Both apps share the same IP address (75.127.100.175). My server is through a shared ...
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Spam from my server

I have exim and dovecot on my server installed with directadmin. Some users use it to send spam. How can i disabled this and remove my server from abuse. info from mainlog 2010-07-07 13:00:16 ...
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Indirect Postfix bounces create new user directories

I'm running Postfix on my personal server in a data centre. I am not a professional mail hoster and not a Postfix expert, it is just used for a few domains served from that server. IIRC, I mostly ...
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Will Amazon SES improve spam filtering through typical spam filtering packages

We built web applications which create a fair amount of transactional emails, such as tickets, reminders and logging messages. These emails are typically sent to end users, but most of them are also ...
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How to read the “MS ForeFront” antispam report in email header?

I'm trying to diagnose why emails I'm sending out from my server's IIS SMTP Pickup Folder are getting bounced back occasionally. One tech from a receiving company who couldn't receive the emails ...
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Are 10.10.0.3 and 10.10.0.4 IP's for spammers

I have a site that is getting bombarded by requests from 10.10.0.3 and 10.10.0.4. I couldn't find where these servers are. What is the best way to regulate this? I could just deny those IP's but I ...
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Hosted Anti-Spam Service vs. Anti-Spam Appliance

We're currently using Content Catcher, a hosted spam solution. For less than what we pay them per year, we could purchase an anti-spam appliance to run in house. From a simple dollar perspective, it ...
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Send spam mail to a special folder using postfix

I have a postfix server running amavis and SpamAssassin to help filter spam. Messages that are detected as spam look like this when delivered into the user's Maildir: From tom@tom-mint Fri Mar 15 ...
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How did this email bypass my SPF settings?

I received a phishing email this morning that appeared to come from one of my addresses to itself. Looking at the headers, I found something interesting. DomainKey-Status: no signature ...
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What do these email newsletter services do to prevent their emails from going to SPAM folders?

These email newsletter services probably send millions of emails per day. How do they successfully do this without having their system black listed? Don't services like otmail/gmail block emails if ...
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Why are email messages sent from my PHP application being treated as spam?

I have this funny thing. When I send an email out, to yahoo, gmail or hotmail users. If I include a link, it will treat as spam mail. But if i removed the link, it will become "inbox", not spam mail. ...
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IIS7 ban IP range [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does IPv4 Subnetting Work? I have a list of IP ranges I would like to ban, an example being: 119.30.47.xx Where xx is anything. I've added the domain and IP ...
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Delete from mailq where subject matches

I have a mailq which is getting backed up with multiple emails with the same subject line. I would like to delete all emails in the mailq that match a particular subject line so they don't get sent. ...
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Is someone using my mail?

I found a whole bunch of this in my maillog (after my site went down from excessive resource usage): Dec 3 05:24:23 mysite qmail-queue-handlers[24524]: from=anonymous@mysite.com Dec 3 05:24:23 ...
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phpBB: How to handle spammy registrations?

I'm managing a phpBB-based forum that gets hit hard by spammers signing up fake accounts. To combat this, we enabled "administrator activation required", but it's not working so well: When a new user ...
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Spamming from my Linux server

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help. I got a email from my host company that there are some weird traffic coming from my server. A quick look into the log file revealed the sample log below. There ...
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spam from your own email?

I have recently been receiving spam that has been listed as my own email address. I remember doing a few telenet emails back in school and know there are some ways to send looking like they are coming ...
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How do I prevent mail from my Exchange server from being blocked?

Recently one of our client machines was infected with a virus and I believe was spamming addresses in the user's contact list. Since then our server has been appearing on blacklists and it has been ...