Monday, January 23, 2006

How to give a spammer the finger

Are you suffering more than you would like to over spam? Probably so... Are you getting too much from one spammer in particular and enough is enough? If so, well... it may be time to hit that spammer where it hurts. Simply track the email to the server it came from and report them to the proper authorities.

"But Jim," you say, "Sounds a bit too techie for me. Can you walk me through it?"

"Sure," I reply, "At least part of the ways anyway."

The first step required to tracing an email is finding out the headers of the email. What are headers? Email headers are lines added at the top of an email message that are used by servers as the email goes on route to get delivered. Generally email clients only show the standard To, From, and Subject headers, but there are more.

Here is how you do it in Hotmail.

Step 1: Once logged in, click on the "Options" link in the upper navigation bar.

Step 2: Now click on the "Mail Display Settings" link.

Step 3: Change the "Message Headers" option to "Full" and click ok.

Step 4: Go to your inbox and open any one of your email. You emails show now contain additional headers.

Want more? Click here for the rest of the story!

Big thank-you to Onimoto for posting this out to the blogosphere.

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