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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Uceprotect is not a reputable blacklist site

Being a system administrator you need always to put your ears on the ground and not just follow the usual trend. The other day, one of the gateways IP Address got blacklisted, according to them, our mail server or one of the network computers was spamming. IT was that time you go around 30 computers to figure out which one is spamming, after whole the exercise you discover that none is.I again made several requests to get white listed but in vain.

However, I did found out that Uceprotect is not a reputable blacklist site, at the end of wanting to get whitelisted, I was told to pay for it. This provoked me to dig deeper on my research and truly discovered that Uceprotect is a fake blacklist site and it just want to make money by blacklisting several IP Addresses that have a repetitive Internet activity, it doesn’t check if this activity are Legit or are coming from trusted sources
The Best solution was to get hold of your I.S.P and let them deal with it, and for sure it saved me lot of a hustle.

So how does one get blacklisted, well iTkenya discovered that:
     •If your Exchange  Server is configured to act as an open relay, it means that spammers can pass spam     through your mail server in route to its final destination. So all spam that appears to your recipient will appear coming from your domain.
     •Spammers need to keep their identity concealed, so they make up e-mail addresses every time they send out spam, this email address can be created using your domain
    •An IP address is typically blacklisted either because it is associated with a server that is acting as a mail relay, or because a spammer is spoofing the IP address.

And how does one avoid this
    •Make sure you have correct IP address mapping
    •Make sure your mail server is not configured as an open relay
    •Always Run Antispyware and scan your computers to free them from viruses and malwares

Very Important

How to test if your server is configured to act as an open relay
Open Relay Test

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Good Luck

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