M3AAWG Publishes ARF/X-ARF Usage Recommendation

M3AAWG, the Messaging, Malware, and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (http://www.m3aawg.org) recently published a document affirming their recommendation that Abuse Reporting Format (ARF) be the preferred method of reporting email abuse through feedback loops (FBLs) and other means. In addition, the document recommends that the X-ARF format be used to report any abuse incidents that are... Continue »

AHBL Blacklist To Be Retired

The maintainers of the Abusive Hosts Blocking List announced on March 26 that the list will cease to exist not later than Saturday, March 29, 2014. Mail server operators using this list should take note and adjust their server configurations accordingly. The maintainers are giving the community plenty of lead time here, but those who don’t adjust will find themselves likely blocking all inbound... Continue »

Leveraging an FBL to Reduce Complaints

Before I joined Return Path, I worked as the Postmaster at a North American cable provider/ISP. My memories from those years, specifically 2006 or so (my memory gets fuzzy as I get older) include attending conferences and participating in online discussions about what was then a new idea in the email industry, the Feedback Loop (FBL). I remember thinking how great it would be to have a mechanism... Continue »

Google’s Image Caching – Much Ado about Not Much?

This week, there has been a change made at Google that has resulted in multiple blog posts throughout the email industry, but I’m of a belief that nothing that’s happened can’t be overcome with just a little bit of work on the part of marketers and their service providers. The data we collect at Return Path gives us a clear indication that Google has altered the information in the HTTP... Continue »

Yahoo! Announces Help For Senders During Account Transition

Recognizing that their plan to reclaim unused usernames and make them available to new users has caused concern about personally identifiable information (PII) leaks among some senders, Yahoo! on July 15 announced in a blog post on their developer website support for a mechanism that will allow senders to take steps to guard against such leaks: Reclaiming Yahoo! Usernames In A Way That’s Secure:... Continue »