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BoxTrapper Lists Consolidation

Discussion in 'cPanel Developers' started by frontrow, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. frontrow

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    When someone uses a web hosting service, they are usually given thousands of email accounts to use. If that person wishes to use BoxTrapper, they would have to blacklist an address thousands of times, since adding addresses to the various lists is done individually. Even with only a few, it is a ridiculous to have to enter an address multiple times. That's the whole point of using computers to do tedious work.

    Since the use of this program is primarily to fight spam, the same address should be added automatically to all accounts. This has got to be one of the most annoying problems for businesses using BoxTrapper currently. Is there any way to get this problem of the consolidation of BoxTrapper lists solved? A central management function would be helpful, and an automatic feature that syncs with one's email client of choice would be great.

    Thank you.
     
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    Disable BoxTrapper

    Quoting from ConfigServer Security & Firewall - csf v2.65:

    "Having boxtrapper enabled can very easily lead to your server being listed in common RBLs and usually has the effect of increasing the overall spam load, not reducing it. You should disable it in WHM > Tweak Settings > BoxTrapper Spam Trap"
     
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    BoxTrapper sounds good in theory, and maybe is good for those people who only get email from a few friends.

    But, as soon as you start signing up for newsletters, or forums, or anything that sends out an automated email, you run into problems. BoxTrapper works with the assumption that it is a 'person' on the other end reading. And that's simply not the case.

    Whitelisting is no good, because you don't know for sure what the address is that's coming in. And soon it becomes extra work to manually approve each automated email you want.

    Instead, use a good overall spam filter like MailScanner/SpamAssassin.
     
  4. frontrow

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    Thanks. I appreciate the good thoughts.

    A couple points regarding life in general. There are always differences in viewpoint, but sometimes it is clear that escalation is the only way to bring a fast and decisive solution to a conflict. Spam is like that. Also, since there has not been a proper design of tools and laws to handle spam, the majority of us still want to use anything and everything we can. (In my case, I use both BoxTrapper and SpamAssassin.) One of the best ways to combat spam is to use any form of DoS attacks against the spam server one can find to implement. Challenge/Response is the first step. Automated response to spam is another.

    Always remember that email traffic volume cannot be the determining factor in this war. We really need routers at our borders, and strong laws in our nation. Problem solved.

    So, the choice is still the user's, and the program needs better management options.

    Thanks again.
     
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    The problem with challenge/response methods such as boxtrapper is that it "replies" to innocent third parties. You are not sending anything at all to the original server, which is probably a virus-infected computer that wouldn't be listening anyway. All you are doing is increasing the amount of spam with C/R messages.
     
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