First Gmail Spam!

Posted August 13th, 2007 by kyle

A few months back, I switched from Yahoo! Mail to Gmail for my personal email account, primarily because of its excellent keyboard accessibility. Yesterday, I encountered the first spam message to erroneously end up in my Inbox. Compare that with Yahoo! Mail, where I averaged a couple of uncaught spam nearly every day. Very impressive filtering.

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4 Comments on “First Gmail Spam!”

  1. Time Management Forums / Tom Says:

    Gmail is impressive due to not letting any spam to inbox, probably the best I have seen so far.
    But it is extremely underperforming in terms of letting many good messages to Spam folder.

    Messages from programming discussion groups with no ill content. That would still be OK. But what ends up in my Spam folder, are Google Alerts messages and administration messages for Google Groups that I admin. So Google Mail filters Google’s own messages as spam, and quite a lot of them.

    The worst is that one can’t turn the spam filtering off.

    I’m more happy with Spambayes. Granted, some spam email arrives to my inbox. But there wasn’t a single good message arriving in my spam folder. That saves a lot of time.

    While I have to browse through Google spam folders each time, in my email client installation that uses Spambayes I just delete Junk folder with a one click without ever looking at content. And the few spams in inbox take just a second or two to delete.

  2. kyle Says:

    YMMV, I guess. I haven’t seen a false positive yet in GMail (although I don’t check the Spam folder religiously). We do use SpamBayes for filtering of corporate mail, but I keep having to train it and am tempted to run it through GMail too.

  3. Alfred Malveo Says:

    A spam filter has to make sure you get 100% of the email you want and block 100% of the email you don’t want, or it hasn’t solved your problem. No spam filter can do that. Spam filters try to guess which email you want and don’t want. They are one-size-fits-all programs, and they have one thing in common – they don’t work very well. Spammers always find ways to beat them, so you still get spam in your inbox. And they delete legitimate mail, so you have to hunt through deleted email to make sure you didn’t lose anything important

    ChoiceMail is different. It’s a permission based spam blocker that customizes itself to you. Permission-based means ChoiceMail assumes email is spam unless it knows otherwise.

    Only approved email gets into your inbox. ChoiceMail automatically approves email from people you know and trust. It lets you create simple rules to approve email that is important to you. And it lets you automatically query unknown senders to find out who they are and what they want before their email gets into your inbox. Then you get to decide if this is someone you want to hear from. Legitimate senders respond to this query, but spammers never do.

  4. kyle Says:

    As I said, YMMV, but GMail is doing an incredibly good job for me, and I don’t have to waste time approving and rejecting recipients.