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Cloudmark Spamnet - Review

Reader rating: 7 out of 10



Introduction

It made its entry to the Internet a few years ago, and has steadily grown to make up more than half of our everyday e-mail. What are we talking about? Spam.

Personally, I'd have to say that about 60%-70% of my e-mail is pure spam. Once the level of spam increased to that, I decided that I had to do something about it.

After reviewing several pieces of software, I decided to try out Cloudmark's Spamnet.

This article is a review on Cloudmark Spamnet, by Computertim Technologies' Founder and President, Tim Rooney.


Cloudmark Spamnet - Review

I downloaded Cloudmark from their web site at: http://www.cloudmark.com. The download was fast, and it installed rather quickly.

Once downloaded, Cloudmark Spamnet acts as a "plug-in" to Microsoft Outlook. You'll see a new toolbar displayed in Outlook the next time you open it.

Before going any further, let's explain how Spamnet works.

Spamnet works by filtering messages deemed as "spam" into a special spam folder in Outlook. You can also block and unblock messages manually if you choose to. The nice thing about Spamnet is that everyone's contribution to blocking and unblocking messages helps out everyone. When you click the "Block" button on the Spamnet toolbar, the message will not only be blocked for you, but also for everyone else in the world who is using Spamnet. The same goes for unblocking messages. So in theory, you end up with a constantly updated database of spam.

As my e-mail starting coming in, I was impressed with its ability to instantly move my spam messages into the spam folder. I also noticed that some of my real, legitimate e-mail newsletters were being moved as well. This seems to be due to the fact that many people use the "Block" button to block all unwanted mail, even if it isn't spam. That is the one drawback to Spamnet. Your E-mail is really at the mercy of all other Spamnet users, and it is possible that legitimate mail could be blocked.

Daily, I found that I also quickly looked through my spam folder just to make sure that legitimate messages weren't put in there.

As for effectiveness, Spamnet seemed to filter out the great majority of my spam. Daily, I was left with only 1-5 spam messages, as opposed to 30-50 without Spamnet.

Overall, I really was satisfied with Cloudmark Spamnet. I'd highly recommend it. Download Cloudmark Spamnet

Related Software

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