Or we could just filter out anything with @ in it

Sysadmin pilot fish works for a company whose clients include several large pharmaceutical companies -- including one with a product that's very popular among spammers.

"We were working on projects for that particular product," says fish. "As it turns out, though, the mail filter was being a bit overzealous in snagging emails with the product name in them, and it was actually a problem.

"One of the team leads suggested we should just whitelist the name for our emails. His reasoning: 'Everyone knows spammers don't use the actual product name, they always put things like ¢!@£!$ instead.'

"I don't think it quite occurred to him why the spammers do that..."

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