As all members should be
aware, included with their membership is a SPARC e-mail account.
This is your call sign @sparc.us. It is up to you whether or not
you choose to take advantage of this benefit. The members page of
this site, shows what SPARC members have indicated to be their preferred
email account. Your SPARC account features POP3
(Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.), web based e-mail, mobile and Smartphone
"push" email access with no
limit on attachment size or storage limits between two sparc.us accounts at this time. The web
based method also features a calendar, contact list, task list and more.
For more information on how to use this feature, click the Email Help
button on the left. If you forgot or do not have a password, send an email to
sparc at sparc.us requesting one. You will be able to change it
through the SPARC site or the web based client once you log in.
SPAM - There are many reasons this can occur and there are many things we are
doing to prevent this. Spammers are sneaky and use any method they
can to get your email address. One method is "web crawlers" that
automatically scan through site after site on the internet and look for
what appears to be valid email addresses, I.E. -
On the SPARC site, we have changed all email address references to show
"something at something.com". Even this is not immune to
spammers getting your email address. Of course, the disadvantage to this is
that you can not just click on an email address anymore, you must type it
Another defense that SPARC
uses, is a server based solution
to spam. This program checks for spam before it even gets to you.
The problem with this method, is that if the program is too aggressive, it
may block legitimate email for you, thinking it is spam. Once this
program is installed, it will have to be tweaked to find a happy medium.
If any legitimate mail gets blocked, please email us and we can add it to
the "white list".
Yet another method that
works well to keep the spam out of your inbox, are programs that you
install on your email (pop3) client. One that is free and has worked
very well is called SpamBayes. You can download it for free at
Please read all the information on this page as their main application is
for Outlook not Outlook Express. At the bottom of their page, they
do have a non Outlook (Outlook Express and others) solution. Of
course, as with anything, use at your own risk. I
have used this program in the past and have had very good luck with
Below is a website
that explains ways that spammers can get your email address. There
are things you can do as well to keep your email address safe.
We will be keeping you
updated on any news or changes regarding this issue.
Remember, that spam is an
issue that ALL email providers are trying to deal with, whether it be
Hotmail, Yahoo, SPARC or your internet service provider.