After procrastinating for some time, I downloaded the new Mavericks (aka, v. 10.9) of the Mac operating system. In general, the transition seems to have been smooth but there has been an odd quirk with respect to mail in that I am now being flooded with porn spam.
My university has, like many institutions, an arrangement with Google to handle our mail. But I like to download my mail from the Google server to the Mail utility that comes with the Mac since it is easier to sort and handle them within that utility. I believe that my university (and Google) have filters that blocks most spam. Before the transition to Mavericks I would still get some spam that wriggled through but almost all of it was from companies and organizations advertising regular products and I could understand them getting past the filters. I would put repeat offenders individually on a reject list.
But after the transition to Mavericks, I get a whole lot of junk mail that is clearly coming from the same source although the senders’ identity changes considerably, making it impossible to put them on a reject list on an individualized basis. These messages are all of the same type, although there is some variation in the wording. The subject line says something like “How to gratify your girl” or “A little help for you”. The message consists almost entirely of one line with a url followed by a short sentence like “Are you ready to satisfy your girlfriend at night?” or “The only method to intensify your love life”. So you get the drift.
These messages appear in my junk folder and there are a lot. I never got these before I switched to Mavericks and I am surprised by the sudden influx. It is really annoying because a lot of legitimate email ends up in the junk folder and so I have to go through that folder to rescue them and cannot blindly delete all of them.
The problem of junk mail is a serious one that keeps systems managers working hard to keep ahead of them and I am sympathetic to their plight. What I am curious about is why the adoption of a new operating system may be causing this, unless this is a pure coincidence and the spam managed to break through the server filters at the same time as I switched, as was suggested to me by the person at the computer help desk at my university.
Anyone else experienced this problem and any thoughts from computer (especially Mac) mavens as to how to deal with it?