Dealing with junk email, Saving sites to your local system and more
|Published:||May 24, 2005|
|Author:||Michael E, Callahan|
RhinoSoft.Com is a program that deals with SPAM, which is the Internet term for junk email. The program utilizes what's known as a "challenge-response" system. What's that? Well, the first thing you have to realize is that basically all the spam you get is sent by software programs. Yes, people program the software and gather the email addresses, but they use bulk-emailing software to send out millions of emails. And that's where Zaep comes in. When someone not known to you sends you an email Zaep sends an email back. That's the challenge. The email tells then that you've implemented this system and that they can either go to a URL (universal resource locator) or respond to the email. The catch is that since nearly all spam is sent by robotic software, there's not going to be any response to the challenge. And all of this takes place without your intervention. Sweet! Zaep works in the background and keeps trying to contact those that have sent you email. After a certain period of time with no responses, it deletes the original email and adds that address to the "Black List." If a real person writes, all they have to do is respond to the challenge the program sends and they'll never have to do that again. They get added to your "White List". You can also add all of the people in your address book to the white list and those people will never even see a challenge. There's also a database you can add to that contains subject words. So, for example, if I want to receive any email that has Tucows in the subject, I can just add it to the subject list and never think about it again. Really slick. Since I started using Zaep, 22 days ago, I haven't gotten any spam. I haven't missed any emails I wanted to get and Zaep has deleted thousands of junk emails with no intervention from me. That's a huge savings in time. I get a lot of spam, in part because I have a number of email addresses and I've been online a long time. Many of the other anti-spam programs I tried were good, but most required that I manually approve emails, or put thing on the black list. I found that I was spending about two hours a day just dealing with spam. Not anymore! Zaep has worked so well for me and I'm so pleased with it that I've added my wifes email address and a few more of mine to the Zaep account list. Zaep is relatively easy-to-use and the company, RhinoSoft.Com, has excellent technical support. They also have an impressive array of online help that will answer your questions. Zaep comes in two versions - a "Standard" version which is more for personal use and also a "Professional" version that can be used to eliminate the spam on multiple email addresses. Perfect for a business. I'm so impressed by Zaep that it's not only a Pick, but it's a Dr. File Finder Favorite and there aren't very many of those. So, if you have a problem with SPAM you might want to consider giving Zaep a try. It has my highest recommendation -- Well done!
- SurfSaver Pro
- Version: 6.0
- System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
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- Directory Opus
- Version: 8.1
- System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/
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Hx - In the early days of DOS, there were no "file managers." You were the file manager and you managed things from a DOS prompt. As there were more and more files, some software authors started to create file managers that would let you do things more easily. The best DOS era file manager was, in my opinion, Hard Disk Director by Dan Baumbach of Canyon Software. In the Windows era that program became Drag And File and then Power File. Personally, since the first file manager came out, I have always used one. I'll use Windows Explorer on a friends machine if I have to, but I try to convince all of them to buy a file manager. A real file manager. The things that can be done with a product like Directory Opus are really quite amazing, and 20 years ago I'd have never have believed it. Of course 20 years ago my computer had a 20 megabyte hard disk and I kept everything I needed -- file manager, communications program, database, text editor, and lots more, on about half of that. Now, there are many programs that are bigger than 20 megabytes. My how times have changed. -- -- Doc
- HotBot Desktop Toolbar
- Version: 3.1.6
- System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
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- File Notes Organizer by AtLast! Solutions
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That brings us to a close for this week. I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading about these Picks and Quick Picks. And if you did, tell your friends to drop by to read about them for themselves. Before I leave, however, I have to answer a question I received numerous emails about. "What are the numbers on the title line of your Picks? Really pretty simple -- it's the year and the week of the year. So, for this week you'll see "Dr. File Finder's Picks 2005-21" because it's the 21st week of 2005. Helps me to keep track of things and makes it easier for you too. Anyway, I'll be back next week with more great programs to tell you about. And don't forget to vote here on Tucows for the SIAF People's Choice Awards and can do that right from HERE! Till next week, have a wonderful weekend, be safe when you surf, and happy downloading.
Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.
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