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Posted by Al - Spam Filering :|
I have been an AOL user for 20 years, the last 8 as a paid subscriber. Their spam filtering was great until about 3 months ago when I started getting some 40-50 emails into my junk folder every day. Almost all of them were porno web sites. The AOL spam filtering doesn't seem to block anything from getting through to my junk folder anymore. Also about 3 months ago AOL offered a "free" new "benefit" to paid subscribers called "My Privacy" that claims to reduce spam appearing in my junk folder by 80%. The benefit is also available to those who subscribe to the free version for $4.99/month. Even if it did that I would still be getting a lot more spam in my junk folder than I ever got before. Given the "coincidence" of this problem appearing about the same time AOL introduced "My Privacy", my cynical mind suggests they dropped all spam filtering from their paid subscribers so they would have to subscribe to My Privacy to get any spam filtering, thus further tieing them to a paid AOL subscription.
I discussed this issue with one of their tecnical support people, and she didn't seem to know anything about this problem and suggested I subscribe to My Privacy.
For the past 3 years I've been using AOL with a Mac and an iPad without any spam filtering problems until now. AOL stopped providing an AOL Desktop for Macs about 2 years ago and their technical support for Apple products in general is declining.
I am seriously considering dropping my AOL paid subscription in favor of their free one because I'm not getting anything for my money anymore so why pay? If that doesn't work, I'll just have to get another email provider.
FYI, for the past 3 years I've been using AOL with a Mac and an iPad.
I use the aol email (not through aol desktop software, just through webmail only). I do get some junk mail but mostly in the spam folder, I haven't really noticed any change. Try going through your spam settings and make sure aol didn't reset anything or change them to defaults.
The best thing to do is always have 2 emails, one personal and one for online ordering and other stuff. That way the personal one is never given out to anyone except friends, etc. The junk one then is used for online orders or signups and you only use it for receipts or viewing order deliveries etc. Spam originates because all those places sell the emails and people spam it, then its just a junk email you rarely ever even need to check
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