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Wishing for Spam!?

This may sound like an advertisement, but consider this my first product review.  I need people to be able to reach me via email.  Because I’m involved in so many internet projects, my email addresses are out there in spite of efforts to keep them away from spammers.  So, I tend to get a lot of spam and have tried lots of products intended to keep spam out of my inbox.  I just started using CloudMark Desktop and I’m very impressed.   What I like best about Cloudmark is that you don’t get false positives.  With other products I end up with good email being blocked, which I think is worse than spam.

Cloudmark works differently than most spam filters.  It has a network of users who decide whether or not a message is spam rather than relying on software rules.  Users send feedback to Cloudmark about which messages are spam and this information helps everyone in the network.  When a user clicks the “Block Spam” buttons, Cloudmark compares this feedback with feedback from other users. If other users in the network also consider the message spam, then the email is blocked for all users in the network.

Users can earn trust levels for blocking legitimate spam.  The more you block, the higher your trust level.  However Cloudmark is so good at blocking spam, that I rarely get spam in my inbox.  So strange that now I’m happy to see a piece of spam so that I can flag it, increase my trust level and help the community fight spam.

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This is a super piece of software and well worth the $39.95 annual fee.  If you’re sick of spam and use Outlook or Outlook Express, try Cloudmark free for 15 days.

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4 thoughts on “Wishing for Spam!?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I use SpamCop and have been very happy with reduced spam. Gmail seems to do better than other mail services and I can add or change an email address in just a few seconds.

    http://www.spamcop.net/

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  2. cindy says:

    Yes, I agree that gmail has a good spam filter, but like others you occasionally get false positives. Plus, I’m kind of locked into Outlook at this time. I love the fact that I don’t get false positives with Cloudmark. Sounds like spamcop works the same why as Cloudmark. Great idea getting human feedback.

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  4. cindy says:

    AOL sucks! There’s one thing worse than spam and that is a spam filter that blocks legitimate mail. AOL filters are notorious for blocking legitimate domains. I know this first hand as a web developer. One of my domains is currently being blocked by AOL. And once a domain has been black balled, it’s just about impossible to fix the problem with AOL.

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