If you would like to be blocked from Brandeis, follow this link and you will IMMEDIATELY be denied access to all pages on this web server. This is a trap for automated spam robots.
Another trap (which humans may safely visit) is the kickme list.
I not-so-recently spammed this to all students. Please see also http://web.mit.edu/network/spam/#four http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/spamalrt.htm http://www.cdt.org/speech/spam/030319spamreport.shtml http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/html_archive/topic/108482-1.html Everybody: Dealing with email viruses and junk email On the average day, Brandeis refuses about 50% of all incoming email as identifiable viruses or spam. Some people are delighted with this; some don't believe we block anything because they get so much; on rare occasions we block legitimate email. It's difficult to make everyone happy. Understand that because we prefer to work in an uncensored academic environment, avoiding the accidental loss of legitimate email takes priority over the elimination of unwanted email. Some guidelines for dealing with the problem: * The second easiest way for junk mailers to get your email address is to find it on a web page. If you have your email address listed on a public web page (simply search http://www.brandeis.edu/search/ to find out), consider mangling it in ways that are obvious to humans but not to spam robots. For example, the Brandeis online directory now returns rcgravesatbrandeis.edu for queries from off campus. It's too bad that we have to do this, but we do. The first way for junk mailers to get your email address is for you to give it to them directly. Approach "free contests" and "free registration" with suspicion. * Don't worry too much about Windows email-borne viruses if you read your email through brandeis.edu. You will receive them, but they will be renamed so as to be harmless. Most recent infestations have come from AOL or Hotmail accounts. For technical details see http://my.brandeis.edu/bboard/seb/0000Jo.html * Don't put too much stock in From: lines. Modern viruses scrounge your hard drive for any addresses and forge messages from each of them. This means you can't trust email messages simply because they appear to be from a friend, and it also means that there's usually little point in replying to the supposed sender to warn them that they have a virus. Usually, they don't; it was a forgery by a virus on someone else's computer. * If your email is bounced inappropriately, redirect the complete bounce message to firstname.lastname@example.org. The addresses postmaster, spam, abuse, and security are exempt from almost all forms of junk email and virus filtering. * If you have a question, comment, or complaint that others might share, please consider posting it to the tech support bboard at http://my.brandeis.edu/bboard/q-and-a?topic_id=21 Responding to questions there is a high priority because answers posted in public can help more people. * Norton Antivirus is distributed via http://virus.brandeis.edu/ If you are running Microsoft Windows and you do not have current antivirus software installed, you need to. Consult http://lts.brandeis.edu/ or the Help Desk.