Using Google Apps for Spam Control
Tue May 29th 2007, 5:14pm
I like using the Mac Mail client to read all of my mail (home, work, etc), so I still host my own mail on my OpenBSD box at home. But the spam has just gotten out of control...

Fortunately, a friend told me about Google Apps, a free service offered by Google to host your company's email and provide calendaring and web-based documents. You can sign up with them, point your MX records to their servers, and they'll host your mail, with some amazing spam filtering. A great service, for free. Thank you Google!

From there I forward my mail though, who offers a service to relay mail to any destination on a non-standard port, say, one that isn't blocked by your Internet Service Provider. Great stuff.

Perhaps some day I'll get tired of running a box at home to host my mail (among other things), at which time I'll probably just read my mail through the Google Apps portal, but for now, this is a pretty good setup. And almost zero spam, hooray.

Visitor comments
On Wed May 30th 2007, 11:39am, Will posted:
I decided a while ago, to start hosting my mail with google apps. So far it has been fantastic. It catches so much spam, and does a great job. I think I've only had a couple times in the last 3 years or so, that my mail wasn't available. And with POP3 access you can have it all in a standard mail client too.

On Wed May 30th 2007, 1:00pm, Steve Kehlet posted:
Yeah, I just wish they'd offer IMAP in addition to POP, so I could read mail from multiple systems/locations. Actually... instead of paying to relay my mail on a funky port, I should just use fetchmail to pop the mail off to my server at home.

On Fri May 29th 2009, 1:20am, harry posted:
So we know google is less spam, but someone send email to you! you cant recieve or reject back to them!
How can you know! and they send to u log file is google reject that email! or how can u control ur spam!