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Fighting Spam with Project Honey Pot

Ever heard of Project Honey Pot?

It’s an awesome service that’s been around for quite a while now (since 2004!), and is the core part of a community-driven effort to trap and track spammers online, including spam bots, email-address harvesters, and “bad visitors”. If you run a blog (like WordPress) it also tracks comment spam too!

To quote Project Honeypot’s sharing message:

I wanted to let you know about a service called Project Honey Pot.

It allows you to track and help catch spammers who harvest email addresses from your web pages. I signed up myself, added honey pots to my site, donated an MX entry to help the cause and think it might be a service you’d find useful.

At this point, I’ve now donated 141 MX records across 133 Unique domains, with several Honeypots hosted also.

Sound’s like a lot, right? The more donations, the better – If you have a website and/or domain and you (like me) hate Spam, you can sign up and they’ll walk you through getting set up to help catch and blacklist spammers (it’s easy and free!)

 

Project Honey Pot

Project Honey Pot

Receiving a PGP-Encrypted Mail in El Capitan

OpenPGP: GPGMail on El Capitan (OS X 10.11)

Not all that long ago I wrote a post on how to setup PGP on Mac OS X, and a similar post on PGP Setup for Windows. Since then there have been a number of updates, but one deal-breaker (at least for me) has been Apple’s latest OS X Beta, El Capitan (10.11) which broke GPGMail entirely.

Getting GPGMail working with El Capitan

The latest Alpha release of GPGMail (from the GPGTools suite) is now available with support for the latest Beta version of Apple’s OS X 10.11 El Capitan! Want it? Go get it! Just remember – It’s a nightly release: There are known issues and problems should be expected!

To get setup with the latest Alpha of GPGMail, head over to GPGTools Nightlies and grab the special alpha “GPG Mail for El Captian” release from the bottom of the list:

The GPGTools Nightlies Webpage

The GPGTools Nightlies Webpage

 

Once you’ve downloaded the DMG file, mount it with finder and run the installation. You might want to close Mac Mail before doing so!
The installation will complete, and the familiar GPGTools buttons are back, along with the OpenPGP green button on the top-right of new messages!

GPGMail: Composing a mail on El Capitan

GPGMail: Composing a mail on El Capitan

 

Looking good! The received version has all the usual verification marks, showing that the message (which was Encrypted and Signed using My PGP Key), as you can see below:

GPGMail: Receiving a PGP-Encrypted Mail in El Capitan

GPGMail: Receiving a PGP-Encrypted Mail in El Capitan

 

So now I have OpenPGP functionality restored to my Mac once again thanks to the awesome team at GPGTools, and for an alpha build, it really isn’t all that bad! Hopefully a beta release will be available soon, in the mean time this release will certainly do the trick for me, as signing, encrypting, decrypting, and verifying messages all seems to work without a hiccup.

PS. You can find me on Keybase as Danw33!