[SURBL-Discuss] Thunderbird and SURBL?

Chris Santerre csanterre at MerchantsOverseas.com
Thu Dec 16 23:07:29 CET 2004

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Tim A [mailto:tim-surbl at kosmo.com]
>Sent: Thursday, December 16, 2004 4:37 PM
>To: discuss at lists.surbl.org
>Subject: RE: [SURBL-Discuss] Thunderbird and SURBL?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jeff Chan <jeffc at surbl.org>
>> Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 17:21:59 -0800
>> Subject: Re: [SURBL-Discuss] Thunderbird and SURBL?
>> To: "SURBL Discussion list (E-mail)" <discuss at lists.surbl.org>
>> On Monday, December 13, 2004, 8:14:51 AM, Chris Santerre wrote:
>> > Thinking out loud....
>> > Anyone have contact with thunderbird devs? Could a pop 
>proxy be used to
>> > check emails being downloaded by thunderbird on SURBL, 
>then decline to
>> > download the ones that hit? Obviously with whitelist bypasses?
>> > Then the user could use a web client to delete spams without
>> > downloading? Or
>> > whatever.....
>> That's an interesting idea, but it could generate more DNS
>> traffic than our name servers can handle.  It's probably
>> better to do these kinds of things in a centralized way
>> on mail servers to take advantage of DNS caching, etc.
>> more strongly.
>Since we provide a service to do just this using SURBL 
>hopefully this isn't taken as a spam to this list. I thought 
>it would be
>useful for folks at SURBL and list members to know who use 
>SURBL. Perhaps a list should be kept somewhere listing folks making
>use of SURBL.
>We have high regards for the SURBL folks and it is in the mix 
>of many methods we use to combat spam at SimpleFilter. We have a
>POP3 and SMTP service that uses the same backend anti-spam 
>engine and can be used from Thunderbird as it works with any POP3
>email client. The SMTP service has some additional features I 
>won't go into here.

Hi Tim!

Are you saying you will check during download and not download the messege
if it thinks it is spam? Cause that would give you an A+ in my book!

And secondly, please make sure you have a local whitelist! We have seen
other companies using SURBL that don't whitelist the top doamins, like
yahoo.com, w3.org, google.com,........ Those kinds of domains should be
skipped from being looked up. 

We do have a list on surbl.org. Granted it isn't very prominent. :) Perhaps
Jeff will add you?


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