Abstrct, the author of The Schemaverse game, is a hobbyist programmer and data aficionado.While not pretending to have much actual experience with database security in the professional world, he has enjoyed making database systems do ridiculous things since his first SELECT.And getting off of the naughty list is achievable in some cases, if you’re willing to play by the rules. Check things like: If you check these things and can’t find a cause— most likely— it means your email address is not trusted. For instance, I ran my personal Gmail address through Mail Tester and apparently it’s only a 6.5/10 (see screenshot below).One of the best ways to find out if the issue is from your URL, from your lead data, or from the old CRM is to run a test. I never send any cold email from it, mainly personal and a small bit of client email. There are a couple dozen commands you can use to find all sorts of data, including blacklists.An immense set of lists, publicly calling out the worst spammers like the America’s Most Wanted list, and helping those who genuinely don’t want to spam. If it’s on a list, Spamhaus gives a link to resources for getting off of it. Michael Westen, the lead character from Burn Notice, (spoiler alert) had to fake his own death, blow up a large building and move to Ireland with his girlfriend to finally escape his blacklist. Here are a few things that need doing to get off the list. In the show, the lead character doesn’t run away from the people who “burned” him.As hard as they are on spammers, Spamhaus helps those who are looking to improve their reputation. He goes along with their plan to find out more information about what happened.
Many email spam messages are commercial in nature but may also contain disguised links that appear to be for familiar websites but in fact lead to phishing web sites or sites that are hosting malware. If you’re on the list, you could end up in spam or no delivery at all. Important: If you notice the box in the middle that says “Policy Decision”.Most of these blacklist services set up their algorithms. If your open rates drop, or if you’re just starting out and your open rates are less than 15%… Before you panic, you should check a few things out to ensure that your process is okay.According to their homepage: While it isn’t 100% foolproof; it can give you a further indicator that something is amiss.If the email blacklist seems like it’s the reason for your poor numbers, move on to step two.Control your fleet of ships manually with SQL commands or write AI in PL/pg SQL so they control themselves while you sit back and enjoy the con.This presentation will help my fellow database geeks to understand the game play mechanics used in The Schemaverse so they can compete in the weekend long tournament.If you send cold email, you should be terrified to end up on one of the blacklists. They can all impact deliverability for your emails.Here’s an image from Spamhaus (a top blacklist site).The US government has officially banned the use of Kaspersky security software in all of its federal agencies.Kaspersky has been under suspicion for cyberespionage for several months now, especially due to its ties to the Russian government and the fact that the company is required under Russian law to comply with Russian intelligence agency requests.