|This page will give you some
information about me and the reasons for this site.
My name is Brent Milne, I live in South Australia and have been active
online since 1998.
My first serious website is still online at Personal Wealth and
I really haven't done much
with it since then. This was the original source of the never
ending and constantly increasing
flood of spam emails that prompted the creation of this site. I,
in my ignorance, posted my
email address in plain text on all my pages.
Don't do that, OK? Big mistake, this one act has generated more
than 10,000 emails per
year since then at least. I have tried the path of filtering and
am skilled in creating filters for
a number of well known email clients. What I found very fast was
that black list filtering is a
zero sum game. The spammers are very quick to recognise when
their emails are not
being delivered and all they have to do is change a couple of small
things to bypass the
filtering and resume the delivery.
Consider this, if you want to filter all emails containing the letters
xxx you will have to make
sure you actually filter for <space>xxx<space> or you will
accidentally catch things like
28xxx, 28Cxxx, 28BVxxx, 28HCxxx,
28PCxxx, 28LVxxx, 24Wxx, 25xxx, 32Cxxx, 35Cxxx
which are all valid families of ICs. There are many other
examples of poorly designed filters.
So how would a spammer get around this filter? How about they
write something like this
"We have the absolute best R-Rated, XxX- Por.n movies". This will
bypass an xxx , XXX ,
porn, Porn filter. And yet it reads clumsy but OK by human
eyes. See what I mean by a
zero sum game? You can't win that one. You cannot even
build a program that is smart
enough to identify what is a modified banned word and what, in the
context of the email,
My solution is this site. My approach is that it is far, far
easier and more accurate to
filter based on a white list of known good email addresses. The
people who you want
to get email from probably won't change their email address every time
they send you
an email. Spammers do. Sometimes the people on your friends
list will use words like
free, new, wow, girls, boys etc. All of these and many others
could/would be on a black
list but would pick up legitimate emails. A major problem is to
allow good email while
killing off the junk. That's why my system is different.
That's why I built this and it works.
So, why should you trust me with your email details? Actually,
you don't. I only have
access to the one email address you use for registering, none of the
Technically, if you aren't a registered user, once the script runs and
your email details
are sent to the email server they are gone from this site. All
that comes back to this site
is the response from your email servers. If you refresh the main
page you will get your
details, other than password, back but that's a browser and cache issue.
If you are a registered user you still have no obligation to store any
of your email details
on this site. Registering will keep a list of your declared
friend emails, encrypted in a
form which is not reversable. To check if they are on your
friends list I have to encrypt
them before doing the comparison. I don't want any potential
spammer getting access
to a database of email addresses so I must make the database secure and
encrypted. Clearly I cannot give you any details about what or
how I have done this, just
remember that my details are also in this database and I want to
protect them as well.
If you want to ask me questions, please do but first check the F.A.Q. page first and bear in mind that the
questions I get asked end up on the F.A.Q page.
The link to email me from is on the FAQ page.