I use Hotmail for my main personal email account. Yes, it’s a spam magnet. Yes, there are other options out there. The reason I stick with it is because I’ve had the address for a long time, and people know it and use it. The other main reason is that I can access it from my Smartphone Inbox via the IMAP gateway from IzyMail.com. As soon as I can access my Gmail account via IMAP, or some other method on my Smartphone Inbox, I’m giving Hotmail the boot.
To combat the spam, I use the “Exclusive” junk mail filter setting. This is basically a whitelist, that only allows email into my Inbox if the sender’s address is on my Safe List. Everything else goes into the Junk Mail folder. I still have to parse through the Junk Mail folder, and pick out things that I want to keep, but it’s much better than having my Inbox fill up with spam, especially since my Inbox goes to my Smartphone. I know that when I get a message in my Inbox on my Smartphone, it comes from someone on my Safe List, and is likely to be something I care about.
Well, for the last few weeks, I’ve been getting spam messages (sent to lots of random Hotmail addresses, advertising everything from hot stocks to hot porn) in my Inbox. I thought that somehow my Exclusive setting for the Junk Mail filter had been turned off, but it’s still set correctly. The spam is coming from random people and addresses that are most definitely NOT in my Safe List.
How are these messages getting into my Inbox? Have spammers figured out a way to get around Hotmail’s “Exclusive” Junk Mail filter?
Inquiring minds want to know…