Take That, Spammers!

Spam: It’s such a simple little word, yet it at the very mention of it, email users everywhere roll their eyes and exert a cry of frustration that spammers on the other side of the world could probably hear…if they were paying attention. Well, here’s some good news for all of you who have had it with the constant virtual waste: Spammers are paying better attention to the objections now, now that the Virginia Supreme Court has convicted Jeremy Jaynes of Raleigh, North Carolina, of massive distribution of junk email and sentenced him to nine years in prison.

Jayne was considered one of the world’s top 10 spammers in 2003, and authorities believe that his enterprise grossed up to $750,000 a month from sending 10 million illegal emails a day. Jayne claimed that Virginia’s anti-spamming law violates the First Amendment and the U.S. Constitution’s interstate commerce clause, but the court disagreed in a 4-3 ruling.

In response, Attorney General Bob McDonnell said, “This is a historic victory in the fight against online crime,” but the ruling certainly doesn’t mean that spammers are going to give up in fear. Rather, it means that spam is a serious matter that we need to deal with by turning frustration into action and enabling an effective spam filter on our email accounts. If you decide that you’d like Dogpaw to manage your web hosting, you don’t have to do a thing to enable the spam filter; a default filter comes with all web hosting accounts.

Or for greater protection, Dogpaw provides a spam filtering service with hosting called Postini, which filters all email through the Postini servers before you receive it. It then delivers the legitimate messages and quarantines the spam. It’s extremely effective, and it’s only $1 per email account, per year. That’s a really small price to pay for protecting yourself from spam and all of the clogged inboxes and undesirable content that comes with it, an endeavor that Dogpaw takes as seriously as the Virginia Supreme Court did.