College Says No To All Yahoo And Hotmail Accounts

from the block-'em-all! dept

Unfortunately the full article is blocked by subscription, but this short summary at Edupage says that the Guam Community College has come up with a bizarre method of stopping spam: they're blocking all email from Yahoo and Hotmail. Considering that these are the two most popular email services out there, that's going to result in an awful lot of false positives. Even worse, the school doesn't give out email addresses to its students -- so many of them use (you guessed it) Yahoo and Hotmail addresses, which are now useless for communicated with professors and staff. Obviously, not all spam filters work that well, but this seems like a really odd choice as a way to block spam. It's only going to block a small percentage of spam, and the amount of damage it does in blocking legitimate mail would likely go way beyond the benefits of stopping a few spammers.


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    Rhelic, Nov 18th, 2004 @ 6:30am

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    This is hilariously absurd. What's next, are you they going to ban outside food on campus, and close the cafeterias at the same time?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 18th, 2004 @ 6:30am

    Been doing this for years

    Actually, the ammount of mail from those two domains is huge - and our internal studies showed it was more than 95% spam. We haven't accepted mail for more than three years.

     

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    Gary, Nov 18th, 2004 @ 11:35am

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    I have blocked hotmail for years. Nothing but junk

     

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    steevo, Nov 18th, 2004 @ 1:03pm

    We do this at work...

    For a major Manufacturer with many non company owned dealerships...

    No FREE email accounts (yahoo/hotmail) can get in..

     

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    Dave Cotovsky, Nov 18th, 2004 @ 1:17pm

    College Says No To Yahoo And Hotmail

    What about Lycos? What about those cheap, offshore ISP email programs? They consistently deposit tracking cookies on your system, unless you are very well armored. And maybe a distinction should be made between free Yahoo and a much higher class Yahoo serving DSL clients. This college is not solving its problem, but lending a false sense of security. There is a public need for a comprehensive blacklist so all email serving the spammers and hackers are identified and blacklisted.

     

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    TJ, Nov 18th, 2004 @ 6:50pm

    The good the bad and the...

    There are good spam filters, there are poor spam filters, and then there are downright stupid spam filters. As someone who manages a large network and a spam filter that is a blend of third-party "AI" routines and in-house keyword filters, I must say that filtering all e-mail from any free-mail domain is pretty damn stupid. Quite a few people do use such accounts for real e-mail. We're also seeing a few systems that reject our outgoing e-mail because their software incorrectly evaluates SPF records. Again, stupid filtering.

    There is a fine line between productive spam filtering and detremental spam filtering, and any numb-nuts that thinks filtering on a domain name alone is worthwhile falls into the numb category.

     

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    john sprague, May 9th, 2006 @ 6:49am

    hack into yahoo

    how do i hack into a yahoo account when everything i type as the password comes back wrong
    iv got all the info on the account except the answer to the secret question or i would just reset it .
    someone help me hack into this acccount and get the password. lilmommie1234@yahoo.com
    and send me the password at john.j.sprague@us.army.mil this is for real.

     

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    Mr. Alan Smith, Oct 3rd, 2007 @ 8:03pm

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    kamikaze, Apr 16th, 2008 @ 9:43am

    Re: REPRESENT OUR COMPANY .... EARN 10% COMMISSION!

    LOOK at The Address EXACTLY the same. Different Company and Person. WHAT A SCAM !!!!!!


    Dear Candidate,

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    Flexible program:Two hours / day at your choice, daytime and evening
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    My Regards....


    CRAFT MEDIA FABRIC COMPANY.
    Flat 485 Clifford house 7-9 Clifford street
    York YO1 9RA England.
    Phone : +447031922972
    (c) Copyright Reserved 2008

    Mr Geoffrey H. Davis @ MD Department

     

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