• Easy Email Filtering with Procmail

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Tossing email into the /dev/null bit bucket is fine when you know the account in question will never receive any valid form of email. You can, however, get a much finer degree of control over email and still automate the cleanup of spam by using a tool such as procmail. Procmail is a basic email filter and not nearly as difficult to set up as people imagine. Let's run through the setup and focus on a couple potential stumbling blocks.
  • Eradicate Spam from Unix Service Accounts!

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 3:25 pm

    There are numerous ways to reduce the amount of spam that you receive. Good email filters can keep you from ever having to deal with the onslaught of stupid offers you never wanted to see, never mind the outright attempts to steal personal information or rope you into some type of scam. I've found that the spammers have become so desperate to increase their spam traffic deliveries that they are sending spam to system accounts such as bin and listen. Instead of trying to bounce this mail back to the senders -- which in less perverted times might have actually worked, I find it's speedier and less consuming of system resources to just pitch the mail into the bit bucket. Here's how this works.

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