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Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:14 pm Post subject:
If you are looking for spam filtering for your home e-mail, then there are many options.
Most new versions of Internet security suites from Symantec, McAfee, Trend, AVG and everyone else includes a spam filter component. How good it is, I don't know. I would think this would depend on the configuration.
There are also separate products you can purchase for spam filtering alone. I've been using Cloudmark with great success. It's a subscription service, and you'll pay about $40/year for using it.
Outlook also has built-in spam filtering, which does a decent job at filtering out junk mail.
If you are looking for a corporate solution, there's two options:
1) Host it your self, or
2) Purchase a "sanitizing" service through someone else.
If you go with #1, all the spam will still hit your network, but it'll be stopped before it ends up in the end-users mailbox. There's a couple of different options here; you can either use a stand-alone spam filtering device such as the Barracuda Spam Filter, or you can install some spam filtering software directly on the mail server. With the external option, the spam will never hit your server...
If you opt to purchase the sanitizing service, all your e-mail will be routed through their service, and only the clean mail will be forwarded from them to you.
Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:22 pm Post subject: Spam Solutions
If you're a network admin, and have control over your own network, you can check out www.BarracudaNetworks.ca for spam appliances. Basically "plug and play" and cut down drastically on spam.
A lot of places that don't maybe have their own IT department are choosing a managed service. That's where a service like www.CudaMail.com uses their own redundant spam filter appliances to filter the spam for you.
All mail comes to their filters first, is filtered, and then the cleaned mail is delivered to your server. You also can see any messages that were quarantined, in case there were any false positives.
Some other good resources for anti-spam strategies are:
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