View Full Version : Spam Protection Needed - Urgently

01-26-2008, 03:24 AM
I have browse through this forum and I have noticed that many folks are having problem with receiving spam like every second. I have been hosted elsewhere before and never had such a problem with being in a spam hell, every second spam coming in. The spam assasin that is in place and the other program does not seem to correct this and I am now wondering what are their purpose.

I believe that a program can be setup so that the senders of email have to confirm the email sent before that email can even delivered to your mailbox, as spam comes from "bogus" email addresses these spammer would never get the confirmation email and their spam messages would not be delivered. And the option to upload friends and associates,etc on a whitelist so that they do not have to confirm.

If WestHost wants to be considered as one of the best host, they would need to look into this seriously.

01-26-2008, 09:55 AM
There's actually several posts that shows how to fix the spam issue. I haven't received any spam since i put those rules into place.

01-26-2008, 10:06 AM

You can see the two main methods folks use detailed here: http://wildjokerdesign.com/board/index.php/topic,28.0.html

01-28-2008, 07:51 AM
Also remember to read the WestHost instructions on SpamAssassin and RBLs:



I'm glad WestHost doesn't just apply generic rules to my domains' e-mail accounts, personally.

It appears WestHost is not typical of the hosting provider you are used to. I think over time you will find the flexibility WestHost provides to be a major selling feature of their service. Having used several other, 'cheaper' (although not in TCO) Linux hosting solutions, I know it definitely is for me.

03-07-2008, 07:59 AM
Westhost is close, but doesn't quite get it. While SpamAssassin and RBL are part of the SPAM management solution, Westhost fails to supply the whole solution. Boxtrapper and (an easy to use) email filter complete the solution.

SpamAssassin does a good job at identifying SAPM, but it still sends it to your inbox. If you're using the default web-based email client provided by Westhost, you're stuck. You must manually delete the SAPM, which can be a long, slow process.

Westhost does reference (but not actually claim support for) a nearly-impossible-to-manage email filter system. But compared to competitive hosting services, WestHost falls short.

My previous hosting service provided email filters that were easy to configure from the control panel.

Has other WestHost user experienced the same?

03-07-2008, 08:07 AM
Well I do think that WH clients could benefit from a more robust interface to SA that would allow manipulation of filters. While an experienced advance user can do just about anything they need manually once SA is installed I would suspect that the majority of WH clients do not fall within that category. :)

My hope is that once WH completes their migration of all accounts to the WH 3.0 system they can start focusing on development of both Site Manager and Server Manager so that it is a bit more user friendly for those who are technically challenged.

03-07-2008, 04:20 PM
I just switched all my domains over to Gmail's webmaster service...it's gotten all my spam :)