Why Verizon's Anti-Spam Technology Still Sucks

from the but-they-have-zero-false-positives dept

A few years ago, Verizon’s anti-spam filter went a little haywire and started blocking a large percentage of foreign emails. When people complained about it, the company responded by saying effectively that email wasn’t reliable anyway, and if you wanted to communicate with someone you should call them (at Verizon’s pricey international rates, of course). The company was eventually sued and had to settle and pay customers for their troubles, but that hasn’t stopped various spam filtering glitches from popping up from time to time. Now, Broadband Reports points us to a story that takes a closer look at why Verizon’s anti-spam technology still sucks. Basically, they’re using a really obsolete technology that spammers already know their way around, and which actually opens up additional potential problems. However, based on the way it’s set up, Verizon can claim that they have “zero false positives.” Of course, anyone without any spam filter in place can claim zero false positives. Clearly, fighting spam is not easy, but putting in place obsolete technologies so you can make claims that aren’t really true (I’m sure those who couldn’t receive foreign emails felt that there were some false positives) seems like a pretty weak response from a company so many people rely on for internet access.

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OkieFromMuskogee says:

My ISP uses Proofpoint

About two months ago my ISP started using Proofpoint for anti-spam. I love the way it works. I get one email every morning with a “digest” of all my spam. It only takes a few seconds to look it over. If it contains nothing but junk, I just ignore it or delete it. If there is a false positive, I just click the “release” button next to the item in the digest, and it comes to my inbox.

No false positives yet. It catches about 95 percent of the junk. It’s great. Maybe Verizon should try it.

Mark says:

Re: Re: My ISP uses Proofpoint

My company sends us emails every few hours with the messages that have been filtered out. We can of course, click a link to retrieve the msg, but it does get irritating to sort though 10 SPAMFILTERADMIN mails a day.

I would rather the potential spam messages go to a special folder for a daily review.

From here says:

Just a Thought

“who wants to check an email everyday just to see if there are messages that didn’t get to you? sign up for a gmail account, no spam, no false positives.”

You say no spam AND no false positives…amazing…if you are getting no SPAM, then you don’t need a filter. Plus, owners of companies that you’ll do business with love it when you have a free generic email account, it shows you have style, and know how to cut costs.

1 email a day is better than 100 spams in your inbox. I like the idea of the daily heads up. As it is now, I am so confident in Postini, that I check once a month.

haywood says:

Verizon doesn't want to hear it

They used to have a system that worked; if you got spam, you could go to web mail and flag it, it would then be filtered. They have deactivated the flag links,so now you are on your own. I use Thunderbird and handle it locally, I also use G-mail, and it rocks. 1 in 100 gets through, but flagging that 1 makes it a one time occurrence, it is like Thunderbird web mail. I have a hard time holding my tongue when people who use outlook complain, but they are sheep, & unlikely to change.

claire rand (user link) says:

turn the flipping thing off....

personally I hate ISP spam filters on incoming mail, I’d rather my own filters handled it, why?

my filters are tuned to what I think of as spam (thunderbird) it does a decent job, as an aside I’m fed up with the idea of spam being filtered by my IS|P, who then sends me an email to tell me they have done so, or a summary at least, something else to read…

I’d prefer my own filters to handle it, they have managed well so far with ISP spam filtering turned off, at least my ISP has that as an option…

Sergio (user link) says:

Is the SPAM a justification for doing facist IT po

SPAM is EVIL, SPAM is satanic, SPAM is the antichrist, Bin Laden created SPAM hey, I’m tired about reading talking so, but so far I don’t read or hear nobody that SPAM is an self-justification to enforce more, more and more control. Worst of all is the same people that say that SPAM is evil, etc, etc, it’s the same that call themselves freedom advocay, bla, bla, I’m sick of all this, stop this dishonesty please.

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