Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The “TOP-OF-MIND” Spam Season

Those of us in the email security business know that spam traffic increases as the seasons of Christmas, Hanukah, Bodhi, Kwanza and the rest approach but this year it is apparently top of mind with the popular media too.

Earlier the week, CNBC trotted out the executive of an email security company and did a brief, generic interview on the increase in spam. Nothing new was reported but it did push spam to the forefront of their news for a minute or two.

Then I read Business Week and there were more mentions of spam in an article discussing international drug distribution.

  • "Rogue drug distributors find customers mainly via spam. Internet security experts concur that nearly 25% of all e-mail, or some 15 billion messages a day, is spam advertising drugs, mostly counterfeits". BUSINESS WEEK – BITTER PILL

Now, chatting with my tech support people, I’m hearing of the pressures the flood of spam is putting on messaging databases. They are hearing from our competitor's customers who are, as they put it, “getting hammered”. Apparently spam filters are straining with the messages of this holiday season.

Now one reason that CMS' filters are functioning well is that we use XE-Filter to block most international spam before it ever reaches Praetor, our primary spam filter.

Looking at our in-house XE-Filter I see that it has currently stopped 2.6 million messages from countries where Computer Mail Services, Inc has no business dealings.

These 2.6 million messages represent the beauty of XE-Filter and “Country-of-Origin” filtering. Without XE-Filter in place, these useless international spam messages would have to be handled by our primary spam filter.

To shamelessly paraphrase a popular TV show slogan... "Reduce the load...Save the Filter"

I know "Country of Origin" filtering makes sense for school districts, small businesses and local governments. Try it and ease the holiday pressure on your primary spam filters.



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