Tag: The Spamhaus Project

SBLs

On the fifth day of Listmas, my data showed to me five SBLs… Coming up on Spamhaus’ radar is usually bad news. Unlike some stories that you might read on the Internet, Spamhaus won’t reach out in order to give you a Target gift card. While we won’t go deeply into what SBL listings are… Read More

Back to Basics: Where does Spamhaus get off…

One of the more popular questions that come up deals with the use of DNSBLs[1] , especially Spamhaus’ lists, by ISPs[2] . The question usually goes something like this: Who are the operators of that list and what gives them the right to regulate commerce? Are they run by a government or something? A Brief History… Read More

It’s time to consider non-users

A joint investigation by the Canadian and Australian governments has released its findings on the 2015 Ashley Madison data breach. The resulting report has been released along with another document with takeaways for all organizations. I’m still working my way through both documents, but there are some really good bits in there. In particular, though,… Read More

Proper Assumptions

I’m at the Messaging, Malware, & Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group meeting this week. After all of the sessions on Tuesday were over, I was speaking with a colleague from another company about how I handle some aspects of providing client advice and he suggested that I write that down in a blog post. When dealing… Read More

Deliverability Relationship Marketing

A teaser for a Delivera whitepaper by Ken Magill provided blog fodder for Laura Atkins over at Word to the Wise. Ken’s premise, with which Laura agrees, is that ESPs which start talking about the wonderful relationships they have with folks at Spamhaus or at various ISPs should cause you to be extremely skeptical. Andrew… Read More

Why Does All of This Matter?

Sometimes, you just want to beat your head against your desk, put your head in your hands and cry, and then beat your head against the wall. I’m kind of at that point at the moment. Why? “Probably,” as Jack Handy once said about the reason why raindrops would be God’s tears, “because of something… Read More

Guest Blog: I am not a spammer – so why have I been blocked?

screenshot of an email inbox filled with spam

screenshot of an email inbox filled with spam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s post comes from Richard Bewley. He’s a deliverability expert in ExactTarget’s London office. Since I’m at ET as well, we sometimes get the opportunity to work together and I’ve found him to be pretty solid in the advice that he gives clients and thought that you might enjoy his insight.

So, without further ado, take it away, Richard!

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Why an opt-out opt-in doesn’t really work

I recently heard from some friends about Penton Media sending an email asking people to subscribe to get third-party email.  They didn’t like being required to opt-out to avoid getting email that wasn’t requested in the first place, even if there had been a warning given that the email was coming. Apparently, Spamhaus agreed with… Read More

The Eleventh Commandment

When you do business with a government agency, at just about any level, you surrender a certain amount of privacy. Whatever you give to the agency is likely going to be subject to so-called “sunshine” laws that go by names like “Freedom of Information” or “Freedom of Access.” Recently, some sportsmen have discovered this the hard… Read More

Email is about relationships

Did you know that it’s entirely possible to learn the wrong lessons? Well, it is. I use Zemanta to suggest possible links for blog posts. As I was writing yesterday’s blog post, a suggested link came up dealing with CAN-SPAM and the definition of “spam”. That post by Roger Bauer shows how some people just… Read More