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Comment by Sandy Jewell on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 22, 2024 02:18 AM)
I have used my two gmail accounts for years. Filtering spam is my greatest love. The moment I purchase something from Amazon, unwanted emails appear...
Comment by davetech10 on SLOW Internet? Here's Why... (June 22, 2024 12:21 AM)
I believe it's because I have a VPN, but my ISP will throttle me back to under 90Mbps. I simply unplug my network cable for about 5 seconds and plug i...
Comment by Brian B on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 21, 2024 11:00 PM)
@petefior. I use Thunderbird too, but I have found it's too slow to learn, but in all fairness, this is probably due to the spammers continually chang...
Comment by hifi5000 on SLOW Internet? Here's Why... (June 21, 2024 09:33 PM)
It might be a good idea to fully use wired connections in your home network.I know it is inconvenient to put in Cat6 cables for runs to your router or...
Comment by Keith on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 21, 2024 10:28 AM)
With some email providers you can add a bit extra to your email address when you subscribe to something, or when you send to anyone. For example, say ...
Comment by Vicki Bunch on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 21, 2024 02:06 AM)
Thanks for this article, Bob. For a couple of months I have marvelled at how much less spam I'm being delivered by Gmail. It has been a huge improve...
Comment by Sherri on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 21, 2024 12:00 AM)
Have Yahoo and hadn't checked my spam for a while. Wondered why I hadn't received several emails. So now will be checking spam folder daily. Frustrat...
Comment by Linds on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 20, 2024 11:43 PM)
I get very little spam because I'm always careful about giving out my primary email address. When I sign up for something unimportant like an ezine...
Comment by Steven Latus on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 20, 2024 11:41 PM)
petefior, I also use Thunderbird, both for my Optimum account as well as my gmail account. One problem I had with Optimum within the past year is that...
Comment by petefior on My Almost-Perfect Spam Filter (June 20, 2024 10:30 PM)
I prefer using a super fast email client (Thunderbird) rather than web based email, although this still gives me the option of accessing the web based...

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