New “one strike” rule for POP accounts

Effective immediately I’m instituting a “one strike” rule for POP3 account: if your POP3 account is found responsible for sending spam through the server, it will be suspended.

I’m sorry to have to take this strong a measure, but I see no alternative.

In recent weeks several major email providers have placed on their blacklists for sending spam. In each case the investigation showed that an POP account was responsible. Someone’s account had been compromised – i.e. their password stolen – and used by spammers to send spam.

When a block happens hundreds of users are impacted – both POP3 and forwarding accounts alike.

This can’t continue.

So secure your account. Make certain it’s secure. Make sure you’re using a strong password (here’s how). If it’s ever responsible for sending spam through it’s gone.