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Re: Question about bandwidth and spam
Posted By: Bill, the Roadie In Response To: Question about bandwidth and spam (Mark Hall)
Date: Monday, June 18, 2007, at 11:06 a.m.(pst)
In Response To: Question about bandwidth and spam (Mark Hall)
>> I have a site that has been online for close to 10 years now. Since it
>> has been around so long it seems to have been spidered by every SPAM
>> company out there. I get it all: made up names, failure notices sent back
>> from messages I never sent, you get the idea.
If you don't need a "catch-all" address to intercept typos, just turn it off. Then the made-up names are bounced by your host and you don't get charged bandwidth for them.
>> It is now starting to affect my sites bankdwidth limits. I have 2
>> questions to people that might be more tech savy than I am.
>> 1. Do I get "double charged" for the spam when I download it
>> to my local computer's email program (Eudora)? I mean, get charged once
>> when my mail server receives it and again when I download it to my
>> computer. If so, my hosting company provides a cpanel email program. Will
>> it cut my bandwidth in half if I just log into the cpanel program and read
>> and delete from there instead of downloading to my computer?
I'd ask the hosting company. My impression is that if you're using POP now to download it to your local computer, you do get double charged. But email, even spam, doesn't take that much bandwidth. What do your bandwidth reports from your host tell you? Do they separate page views from email MB usage? I think my host separates web bandwidth from email bandwidth, but I never use enough of either one to notice.
>> 2. Do you think spam filters reduce the bandwidth, or is it too late
>> once you have received it?
Your host should offer filters that run on their side (SpamAssassin or something like it) with configurable blacklists for rejection. If the filter rejects the message before it's accepted to pass on to you, there's no bandwidth hit at all. Filters that you run on your end like SpamPal just prevent you from seeing them spam, but you've already downloaded it. This is critical if you have a pay-as-you-go data plan and you read email on a PDA phone. You want to push back the filtering to the host.
If your current host doesn't offer configurable filters, you can always find one that does. It's necessary in the modern hosting market.
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