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Spam – Worse Than Ever?

 

Microsoft ExchangeThe majority of email is unwanted. These unsolicited advertising, pornographic, and scam messages now account for nearly 3 out of every 4 emails.

After hijacking legitimate email servers to send their messages, spammers fake their sender address, making it difficult to trace the activity back to them. Such messages often direct you to a website, which can be quickly taken off the Internet when needed. If most email is spam, the majority of spam is fraud. From offers for prescription drugs to great loan deals, giving up your credit card number to a spammer may result in nothing more than an unauthorized spending spree using your money. Yet enough people fall for these scams each year to keep the spammers thriving.

Stopping spam is not easy. Most email programs have a rudimentary email filter, the Blocked Senders List in Outlook or Windows Mail for example. Spam filtering programs are available at most software stores. These basic products have significant limitations. Filter out emails containing the word Viagra, and you will still receive mail about Via!#gra. Block emails about mortgage rates and you are sure to miss the email from your son-in-law about the great mortgage rate on their new house.

In 2004, Congress passed the CAN-SPAM act, giving the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice authority to go after spammers within the reach of U.S. law. Unfortunately, it’s a big planet.

The Power of Blacklists

Though it is a difficult battle, the email industry is trying to fight spam too. There are several Internet organizations, such as Spamhaus and the Mail Abuse Prevention System, which maintain lists of IP addresses known to support spamming. Many mail servers consult these lists in real time and either refuse to accept mail from known spammers or filter it into junk email folders. Unlike clumsy filters, these lists employ a combination of sophisticated monitors and human watchdogs to identify and “blacklist” the systems actually sending the spam.

Our Recommendations

Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange is famous as a collaborative tool for sharing calendars, contact information, emails, task lists, shared folders, and more. Even when away from your own computer, you have web access to all of your email and other Exchange data. In the fight against spam, Exchange blocks unwanted email at the gateway, using both blacklists and a sophisticated algorithm for determining unwanted messages. With powerful controls, Exchange allows the implementation and sequencing of multi-blacklist provider rules and then checks every configured blacklist before rerouting your email. This results in a very low false-positive rate.

Symantec Corporate Anti-Virus

While your company may not require the sophisticated calendar and data sharing abilities of MS Exchange, it is absolutely critical to have the best in anti-virus protection. Symantec Endpoint Protection provides that protection and ads to it a layer of spam filtering among the best in the business.

Symantect multi-layered spam prevention includes a heuristics antispam engine, blacklists, and custom filtering rules. Norton includes a whitelist of authorized email addresses from which messages can be delivered, regardless of content. Best of all, Symantec Endpoint automatically detects and repairs the effects of spyware, adware, viruses, and other malware.

Which Anti-Spam Solution is Best for You?

If your company email is inundated with unwanted email, wasting your employees’ time as they sort through pharmaceutical and pornographic messages, Shiloh Service can assist you in implementing sound and affordable anti-spam solutions. CALL  724-863-0190 TODAY. Just hit “0” and ask to speak to your account manager.

 

 

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