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Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 12:51:52 -0500
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If you go to and download their Mailwasher program, 
you can view/read all your email at the server before it even gets to you. 
Delete/Bounce(I like that part) what you don't want or need and keep those 
of interest.
Asst. Clerk/Treasurer
Mt Tabor

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paulette Lafond" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: SPAM Protection on MUNINET

This seems to be an ongoing concern with several out there, but I think
the confusion here is that people are thinking that because they are
signed up to Muninet, they are getting this junk --- it has nothing to
do with being signed up to the listserve Muninet. I would hate to see
people start pulling off Muninet because they think this is the problem.
This listserve is very helpful to us all at various times.

You are getting the junk simply by being connected to the outside world
- ie. internet or email in general. The junk (SPAM) is getting through
your individual filtering process on your individual workstation or
through your server's firewall. Some SPAM filtering software out there
does a pretty good job of not letting it get through, but,
unfortunately, unless the town wants to invest $2,000 - $3,0000 in
something like a Barracuda Spam Firewall, it is going to come through.
Receiving SPAM is one of the biggest complaints from our employees here
- and we have a pretty intense firewall setup but only limited filtering
involved. For those of you who use Outlook 2003, they have a pretty good
filtering system that might help with some of it.  Hope this helps.

Paulette M. LaFond
Asst. Town Clerk/Treasurer
Town of Milton
PO Box 18
Milton, VT 05468
email: [log in to unmask]
Website: <>


From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eden TAX
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:57 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: SPAM Protection on MUNINET

Peter: there seem to be different kinds of SPAM.  We get several notices
from software developers, which are OK -- we even from time to time
respond.  We also get notices for "bargain" software, for Viagra, for
Rolex watches.  Is there some way like what several web services use, to
create a "favorites" list so that messages from sources we do not
bookmark would be rejected?  In this case it may be very complex.  Bruce

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Peter Brownell
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 8:39 AM
Subject: SPAM Protection on MUNINET

Hi All,

Your friendly MUNINET listserv administrator here.

I noticed several messages recently regarding unwanted SPAM (is
there such a thing as "wanted" spam?).  It is a real headache for us

We really shouldn't be getting any spam messages on this list,
not because there is some sophisticated spam filter, but because people
must subscribe to the list before they can send messages to the list
members.  Spammers can't/don't sign up.  It's not generally worth their
time.  If anyone signs up who shouldn't, I will just delete and block
them from joining.

Thanks to everyone who participates in this list.  It is still
one of the longest running most well used lists in the state.  It is
successful because YOU use it.

Keep up the great work.


Peter Brownell
Federal Fiscal Services Team
Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501


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