Filtering out Ads with a Proxy using SafeSquid Proxy Server

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I just ran across this good how-to on replacing ads using a proxy server (in this case safesquid). A proxy server is a piece of software that requests web pages for other machines and then passes the pages along to the other computers. When the server requests a page it’s possible to make alterations and [...]

Great tip for Dealing with SPAM email

Monday, March 17th, 2008

In reading over at the Gmail Blog, I came across this suggestion to try with Gmail. The idea is, let’s say your address is Okay, next time you sign up for a mailing list, or need a free website login, use or or any other unique identifier (something you’ll be able to [...]

Major botnet building and the massive jump in spam

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

For a few months now (since the demise of bluefrog actually) I’ve noticed that the level of junk mail has gone up on my own mail server. Yes, I use spamassassin to filter and tag, but the volume of stuff that’s tagged has gone up (as well as the volume that slips through.) I’ve had [...]

Another Wolf in Sheeps Clothing to watch for “Spyheal”

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Sunbeltblog has the heads up on this one. Spyheal is the name it goes by and it hangs out at spyheal (dot) com So, if you’re in a position to block sites that looks like one to filter for your network.    Send article as PDF   

Trackback spam and countermeasures like Akismet and trackback validation

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

As I’ve already commented today…. there has been a massive trackback spam swarm going on the last 24 hours. I’ve now racked up 1300 or so in the Akismet filter on this site and another 150 or so on another two sites. Akismet has been very impressive in defending this attack. Only 1% of the [...]

Scansafe tries to make web browsing safer…

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Scansafe is launching a new free product called scandoo which aims to tag search results with Green yellow and blow widgets so you know which sites are safe (green), dangerous (red) or uncertain (Yellow). ZDnet had news of the scandoo service which is not the first attempt at making the web safe… Siteadvisor from McAfee [...]

Google explains Google China Decision

Friday, January 27th, 2006

The Official Googleblog has an article today about their decision to filter results in China. I took a look at the Chinese version today (I saw an image search comparing Tienamen (spelling?) results in English and Chinese. I also searched for my site and found that I seem to be absent from the Chinese search [...]

Network administration over the holidays

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Nobody wants to be tied to their job over the holidays, but what if someone has hacked your servers and is using your machine to scam thousands of people a day? Does that keep for two weeks? Does someone monitor the abuse address? has a post on messages they’ve got from some reporting to [...]

Spammers/ phishers looking to get past “turin test” images

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

A lot of web sites these days use “turin tests” to keep from having automated bots sign up for mail or other services. (Or post entries to a forum or something.) For those that don’t know, a turin test is a test designed to filter machines from people. I doubt I’m the only one that [...]

Porn Spam indictments…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

The Security Fix is reporting that the Justice department will imminently indict four people accused of sending large volumes of porn spam in violation of the CAN-SPAM act which requires explicit junkmail to be specifically labeled “SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT” in the subject line.    Send article as PDF   


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