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August 11, 2003


I read an article this morning in ComputerWorld that discussed Cornell University's success with a new free and open source spam filter, SpamBayes. It is a Bayesian anti-spam filter that plugs into Outlook.

I'm currently using Cloudmark's SpamNet. It's an Outlook add-in that bases its filtering on what other users have rated as spam. Learn more about its method here.

I've been using SpamNet for sometime now and I've found that it is extremely accurate. Very very few legitimate emails are marked as spam and only 1 or 2 spam messages make their way through to me a month. Its hard to expect anything more from a spam filter. However, SpamNet is not free. It currently costs $1.99 a month and will go up to $3.99 per month sometime in the future.

I'm curious if anyone has tried SpamBayes or know someone who has. I'm looking for real world opinions and experiences.

Posted in Software & Downloads by usrbingeek at 2003-08-11 11:58 ET (GMT-5) | 2 Comments | Permalink


I heard about Spambayes from a mailing list I'm on and I downloaded it, but didn't try it. I am using SpamAssasin's SAProxy, which is a proxy server run locally that does an amazing job of getting rid of spam. It doesn't get everything, but it gets most of it.

The Bayesian method that Spambayes uses is nice, but it has to be trained. I like SAProxy 'cause it works right out of the box.

Posted by: Vinny at August 11, 2003 09:57 PM

I use SpamPal.. It's free and works great, plugs into many different email programs too.

Posted by: Lane at August 12, 2003 04:02 PM

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