- Additional Scams
- How to Build It: Preventing Network Vulnerabilities
- Turn on Spam Blocking at Your Service Provider
- Set Up Spam Blocking on Your Home Computers
- Avoid Phishing Scams
- Set Up Spyware and Adware Blocking on Your Home Computers
- Set Up Pop-Up Blocking on Home Computers
- Where to Go for More Info
Set Up Spam Blocking on Your Home Computers
If possible, set up a first line of spam defense in the service provider network. This may be enough, so we recommend trying the ISP route first, and then see if you need additional protection.
If you need to enable blocking on each of the computers in your home network, as mentioned earlier, most security bundles contain a spam blocking component. This section shows the steps to enable this service.
First, it's helpful to understand a bit about how a spam blocker works. Spam-blocker vendors maintain lists of known spammers, which can be automatically updated on your home computers by the security bundle software. Figure 16-4 shows the components of a typical spam blocker.
Figure 16-4 Spam Blocker Components
The spam blocker works much like the description in the previous section on service provider spam blockers. There is typically a setting (like Medium) that discards e-mail matching known spammer lists, and a higher setting (like High) that additionally compares against a personal address book that you provide and maintain.
It is assumed that you already installed the security product bundle you have selected. Table 16-1 shows the process for enabling spam blocking on both the Symantec and McAfee products.
With the spam blocker enabled, you should see considerably less spam e-mail. We suggest starting off with a Medium setting, and moving up to a higher setting if you are not satisfied with the reduction in spam.
Table 16-1 Enabling Spam Blocking
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005
McAfee Internet Security Suite
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Set the level of blocking.
Start with the Medium
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