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Comodo Anti-Spam – freeware prevents spam from hitting your email inbox


Comodo Anti Spam is a freeware program which protects your email inbox from those nasty spam messages. It does this via a whitelist service which allows messages through from people you trust and permit, and also by running a challenge/response service with any message from a sender it doesn’t recognise.

These challenge response (e.g. please send us the word in the attached image) things are a pain for senders, but useful if you’re seriously under attack by spammers. My anti-spam system is called GMail, but for those without the luxury of this Rottweiller solution, this could be a good option.

 If senders of an email are not on the “allowed” or “blocked” lists, the message is temporarily stored, and a special Anti Spam Alert (ASA) message is automatically sent back to the senders. The ASA message includes the Anti Spam Passcode via a graphical attachment. The ASA message asks the sender to reply and type in the passcode in the body of the reply. The idea behind sending the passcode as a graphic is to require a human to read the code and then type it in the reply. An automated actual spammer can’t reply correctly, so their mail gets stored with other junk.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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