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How to deal with 98% spam? (corporate case)



 
 
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Old August 20th 04, 12:23 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
King Queen
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Default How to deal with 98% spam? (corporate case)

On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 11:15:43 +0100, (Peter) wrote:

Hi,

I have a small business. Every day we get 10-20 legit emails, and
(especially over a weekend) about 50x as many in spam.


Hello,

An ongoing problem! I don't know of anything that meets your specific
requirements - collecting all the spam in the morning, automated
adding to whitelists for example - but here is a suggestion.

I'd suggest using an artificial intelligence system for identifying
spam / not spam. I use K9 which is free
http://www.keir.net/k9.html .
This acts as an email "proxy server" which adds a message to each
email it thinks is spam, either in the form of an extra header or in
the subject of the email, so that you can then filter it using your
mailreader.

You could set K9 running on one machine and then everybody in your
company uses their standard mail clients (with some simple settings
changes) to retrieve email via that machine. Email is filtered "on the
fly" (doesn't slow it down signficantly) and over time K9 slowly
learns what your company considers as spam - and the advantage of
everybody using K9 on the same computer means everybody benefits from
everybody else's spam recognition.

Once a day for the first couple of weeks you would have to visit the
server running K9 and identify any spam that has got through the
filters - this won't be necessary for long as K9 learns what is or
isn't spam.

My copy of K9 now correctly identifies 96% of all spam, and has never
had a "false positive"

Just a suggestion...
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Old August 20th 04, 12:56 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Tim Hodgson
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On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 12:23:54 +0100, King Queen wrote:

You could set K9 running on one machine and then everybody in your
company uses their standard mail clients (with some simple settings
changes) to retrieve email via that machine.


Note that K9 only runs on Windows though. One cross-platform alternative
is Popfile (popfile.sourceforge.net)

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Old August 21st 04, 01:28 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Black Shuck
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Default How to deal with 98% spam? (corporate case)

Tim Hodgson wrote:
On Fri, 20 Aug 2004 12:23:54 +0100, King Queen wrote:


You could set K9 running on one machine and then everybody in your
company uses their standard mail clients (with some simple settings
changes) to retrieve email via that machine.



Note that K9 only runs on Windows though. One cross-platform alternative
is Popfile (popfile.sourceforge.net)


2nd for POPFile, it works pretty much flawlessly for me, and does all my
other non spam filtering too (work, home and other catagories).

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