• How to reject spam from certain countries (if you must really, really do it)?

    Every now and then, a question like this pops up on some email server management forum: I'd like to be able to reject connections from remote IP addresses if they're from certain countries. The usual reason is either thatthe sender only receives spam from those countries and is convinced that this will always be the case, or that, since the sender doesn’t need or want to exchange email with anybody in those countries, why bother at all with filtering messages from there?
  • Comments to, Wanted, Virtual Personal Email Servers

    These are the comments I got when I wrote Wanted: Virtual Personal Email Servers: (me:) Today this article was announced on LinuxToday and this is the first comment it got: I didn’t feel like creating an account on his site just to make this comment (where’s OpenID please?) but in case he reads the comments here - the obvious solution is Citadel, which is a nice compact installation that does pretty much everything he’s looking for in a single package.
  • Wanted, Virtual Personal Email Servers

    (update 2010/05/29: here’s another article about VPES legal, management and economics issues) The way email is normally used today has several serious limits that I recently explained in another article. I also pointed out that one of the biggest obstacles to personal email management is lack of user demand for Virtual Personal Email Server (VPES) software and hosting packages. A VPES may run into any computer in your home or in some external datacenter, but that is another issue.
  • How to check if your email server looks like a spam source

    Taking full control of your own email, that is running your own email server, is a must if you really care about privacy, security or maximum customization. Taking full control of your own email, that is running your own email server, is a must if you really care about privacy, security or maximum customization. When you start doing it though, you soon find out that the hardest, or at least lest documented task, is not how to send email, or how to block spam.