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Setting Up A Spam-Proof Home Email Server (Debian Squeeze)

May 18, 2011, 18:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Falko Timme for this link. ]

"Email spam is a huge problem. I have found for myself quite a simple solution, however it'll take some time to 'migrate' completely over to it.

"The solution is to create a unique email address everytime I have to give an email address to someone else or to some website to sign up. If I want an account at twitter, I'd use 'www.twitter.com@MYDOMAIN.COM'. For webbased services, I use the full domain name incl. subdomain (www) on the left of the @ (some poorly designed websites do not recognizes the www. as valid email address, for those I just leave it away).

"For people I use a format like that: 'email.john.doe@MYDOMAIN.COM'. You could also use like 'from.john.doe@MYDOMAIN.COM'. The good thing is, the left side of the @ for email addresses is almost 'unlimited'.

"Because I generate unique email addresses for every contact, I can easily find out where my email address got leaked and then I can easily remove it.

"This howto will set up a full functioning email server with according scripts to make easy email management. It includes also the DNS setup part - even if you are on a dynamic address - e.g. if you want to run your own little mailserver from home."

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