Why Do You Need an Email Spam Filter (Antispam)?

Earlier last week, we saw the downfall of the giant spammer, McColo Corporation. Recently, also, a study conducted by the researchers at the University of California, UC, San Diego, and Berkeley shows some spamming stats. They infiltrated a major botnet, a zombie network of attacked personal computers, held as a network for promoting spam messages world over.

But the findings as reported by BBC suggest that the earnings from millions of spam emails sent every month may not be really profitable for the spammers—12 million spam messages earning just over 100 dollars per day? Why, then, still they engage in this?

Reports suggest that Microsoft may be the next big spammer. Spamhaus organization that tracks a huge percentage of worldwide email spam messages point to the fact that Microsoft is rising up among the major spamming ISPs in the world. Here is the latest list (The Spamhaus top ten):

CNC Group
Gilat.net
HostFresh.com
VSNLInternational.com
Systemnet.com.tr
Microsoft.com
Cnuninet.com
Ecommerce.com
Colocentral.com
XO.com

MS is at the sixth position right now. What does it point us to?

As we saw last week in the post about McColo, the web spam is regularly on the rise. Though it found a severe hit, thanks to Brian Krebs, the recovery has been quick. Even now, I find my inbox full of spam.

GMail really has a very good spam filter. But what if you are using offline email software such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc? There is definitely a need for a high quality antispam software.

You should check out the TopTen Reviews's Antispam software review that rated these software in order:

1. SpamEater Pro
2. CA Antispam
3. ChoiceMail One
4. McAfee Spam Killer
5. Spam Buster
6. SpamNet Outlook
7. Spam Agent
8. iHateSpam
9. MailWasherPro
10. SpamCatcher

Purchase any of them, and keep your computer free of unsolicited messages. Also, consider using an antivirus and firewall for full security.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008

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