So, ‘How Does Anti-Spam Software Work’. Well, it was not too long ago that email mailboxes were so full of junk mail and spam that they threatened to render electronic communication useless. When you opened up your email you were bombarded with poorly written advertisements for $ex, V!agra, and tons of other intentionally misspelled products, designed to dodge any spam blocking devices. Those interested in consumer protection knew what the ultimate goal should be, to eliminate and block spam. But guess what, as soon as they designed a product that would do just t that, the spammers evaded their efforts by getting more imaginative. That is, until modern anti-spam software was developed. Anti-spam software comes in a variety of forms, with the obvious and decisive intent of stopping unwanted emails from reaching you. We will list some of the most known about processes that these software’s use in detecting spam email
One of the primary anti-spam methods is known as blacklisting . This software identifies the IP address of the spam sender, and then communicates with the Internet Service Provider of the sender and instructs the ISP to block mail from that IP address to your email account. In theory this is a fool proof solution. But in the day to day world there is a lot of money to be made in spamming. So, forcing a spammer to switch his/her IP address frequently is different not a high a price to pay to evade blocking. That said, this practice does, over time, start to close the doors to spammers and all but eliminates amateur spammers who do not have the capability to regularly switch IP.
Many individuals who regularly use their email accounts will be familiar with this device. Spam voting software works through the participation of users. When you receive email, you have the option of classifying it as spam. There is usually a button which says, unsurprisingly, ‘spam’ or ‘junk’. Once enough people classify a piece of mail or an IP as spam it falls in trust until ultimately it becomes completely blocked from addresses.
Profiling involves learning the common characteristics of spammers and spam mail. It is software that looks for things like bugs, invalid message ID’s and other traits and uses these characteristics to assess incoming pieces of mail. Each piece of mail is then given a score depending upon how it fares against these criteria. The user is then given the option of how high or how low to set the bar with regard to which emails are let in. This method has been shown to be immensely effective against amateur spammers and many professional spammers. However, it relies upon a ready team of professionals to classify new traits used by spammers and to integrate those traits into the profiling algorithms. This is time consuming and expensive, but as mentioned very effective.
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The most promising spam blocking software follows no rules. Rather, it constantly learns new techniques to fight spam by scanning the mail you’ve read and comparing it to the mail that you have rejected. This highly sophisticated software uses the data that it gleans from thousands of users to identify which items are spam and which are not. It then has the capability to adjust its standards to your particular preferences. Over time, it becomes adept at sending you only the emails that you want and blocking the emails that you do not. Microsoft has enabled this type of filtering in their Outlook email client, there it is labelled as ‘Clutter’.
Even with all the latest technology and software to protect against ‘spam email’ it is not perfect, and lot of people still find that important emails end up in their ‘Spam’ or ‘Junk’ box. Well no system is perfect but at least there is something to remove these annoying junk emails.
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