Spamming refers to the practice of sending unsolicited messages especially advertising messages to a group of recipients. Unsolicited messages mean the recipient did not grant permission for those message to be sent.
Anti-spam refers to the use of any software, hardware or process to block spam from entering a system. The anti-spam software uses a set of protocols to determine unsolicited and unwanted messages and prevent those messages from getting to a user’s inbox.
Most of the Anti-spam solutions that are available today can be customized as per your needs, allowing only the approved emails into your inbox. Such software always presumes that all the incoming emails are spam, and only allow those, from the people you know, to come in. There are free anti-spam software as well as paid anti-spam software.
Benefits of Using Anti Spam Software
Let us look at some of the benefits and features of the anti-spam software:
Some anti-spam solutions not only block specific email addresses but also search for subject lines and text in the email messages. You can customize it to block incoming emails based on senders, and even if your email address is not in the recipient field.
Anti-spam filters automatically quarantine the spam emails, ensuring your inbox is spam free. Quarantined emails are kept for a fixed number of days and then discarded. During that period, you can check and recover any legitimate email that may have been quarantined.
Automatic Filter Updates
Most of the antivirus software comes with automatic filter update feature for timely detection of new types of Malware threats. Automatic updates not only helps the anti-spam software to stay up-to-date, but it also helps secure your system from new kinds of Malware.
Monitoring Multiple Accounts
With this feature, you can monitor and filter out spam from multiple accounts. You can filter your home email from work email, and vice versa.
Your Personal Whitelist
Some anti-spam software allows you to maintain a ‘friendly’ list of people whose emails you wish to accept. These emails will never be mistaken for spam as against the blacklist of spammers. You can also update the list in the future.
Some anti-spam software allows you to report spam back to the company supplying the software. It helps that company to develop a new type of filters based on the analysis of the reported spam.
Emails have become a viral way of advertising, and it is time that you start filtering your emails, to avoid spam. Most of the anti-spam solutions are signature based that use their signature file (blacklist) to detect and respond to the new type of Malware.
In signature based anti-spam software, new and unknown types of Malware goes undetected since there is a time gap between the time these new type of Malware threats are released and the time anti-spam software vendors have identified them and updated their signature file. This is where Containment technology comes into play.
Containment technology works by keeping the threats or harmful files under control or within certain limits. The harmful files are processed in a controlled operating system environment, thus limiting the resources and the spread of infection.
Comodo Dome Antispam is the only enterprise anti-spam solution that has containment technology built-in. It uses advanced spam filters, and content analysis engines to identify and prevent unsolicited emails from entering your network.
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