Wednesday 25 May 2011

Is Email Dead? Or Just Pinin’ for the Fjords?

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No, email’s neither dead, deceased, nor demised. But neither is it, as Monty Python’s Michael Palin would have said, homesick for the geographical features of its native Norway. You don’t need me to tell you that email is alive and well inside your organization. Beautiful plumage.

But some would say it’s too alive. In many organizations, email is used as a dumping ground for information that doesn’t belong there; email can also be used for certain collaborative tasks for which it’s simply not suited.


Tuesday 24 May 2011

Everything You Know about Spam Filters is Wrong

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Filtering spam email is all about looking in the content of the message, trying to find certain dodgy words or phrases, right? Well... no. Not so much. While that was certainly true in the email Dark Ages of ten years ago, today’s filters are completely different.

Spam filters need to sift through your incoming email stream and automatically decide which are spam and which are legitimate—or ham. It’s a tremendously difficult job to get right; to reach today’s levels of filter accuracy, anti-spam technologists over the years have invested huge amounts of financial and intellectual capital.

To decode the mysteries, read on...