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What’s up with microsoft?

A c/p from an email I sent to a mailing list. I think we’re seeing a new normal, or are still on the pathway to a new normal. Here’s my theory. 1) Hotmail made a lot of underlying code changes, learning from 2 decades of spam filtering. They had a chance to write a new […]

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June is travel month!

A quick post to say that posting will be light the next few weeks. I’m off later this week to visit Dublin. After I get back from that I’m headed to Chicago to speak at ACTIVATE hosted by Active Campaign. If you register by tomorrow you can use the code ACTIVATE and get in for $200. […]

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List the world!

We often say that a blacklist has “listed the world” when it shuts down ungracefully. What exactly does that mean, and why does it happen? Blacklists are queried by sending a DNS lookup for an A record, just the same as you’d find the address of a domain for opening a webpage there. The IP […]

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Whitelisting is dead

A decade or so ago I was offering whitelisting services to clients. It was pretty simple. I’d collect a bunch of information and do an audit on the customer’s sending. They’d get a report back identifying any issues that would limit their chances at acceptance. Then I’d go and fill in the forms on behalf […]

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Another day another dead blacklist

FADE IN EMAILGEEKS.SLACK.COM #email-deliverability It is morning in the channel. The regular crowd is around discussing the usual. JK, smart, competent head of deliverability at an ESP asks: Anyone familiar with SECTOOR EXITNODES listings and have insight into what’s going on if listed? ME: Uh, that’s the Tor Exit Nodes list. They think your IP is […]

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What does mitigation really mean?

It is a regular occurrence that senders ask filters and ISPs for mitigation. But there seems to be some confusion as to what mitigation really means. I regularly hear from senders who seem to think that once they’ve asked for mitigation that they don’t have to worry about filtering or blocking at that ISP for […]

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Botnet activity warning

A bit of advice from the folks at the CBL, posted with permission and some light editing. I’ve been seeing some folks report longer connection times at some places, and this might explain some of it. It’s certainly possible, even likely, that the large ISPs are getting a lot of this kind of traffic. A […]

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SpamCannibal is dead

The SpamCannibal blacklist – one that didn’t affect your email too much but which would panic users who found it on one of the “check all the blacklists!” websites – has gone away. It was silently abandoned by the operator at some point in the past year and the domain registration has finally expired. It’s […]

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UCEProtect and GDPR fallout

First thing this morning I got an email from a client that they were listed on the UCEProtect Level 3 blacklist. Mid-morning I got a message from a different client telling me the same thing. Both clients shared their bounce messages with me: 550  Conexion rechazada por estar o167890x0.outbound-mail.sendgrid.net[167.89.0.0]:56628 en la DNSBL dnsbl-3.uceprotect.net (ver Your ISP LATINET […]

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#GDPR

Twitter has some opinions on #GDPR. — @rianjohnson (Yes, the director of The Last Jedi) Finds deserted island a message in a bottle washes onto the beach *opens bottle* We’ve updated our Privacy Policy — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) May 24, 2018 Happy #GDPR day! #gdprjokes pic.twitter.com/2SVisxIuRY — lukestevens (@lukestevens) May 24, 2018 just got a […]

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