Re: Why not just Stop Spam on the servers - period.
I just now stumbled across this great article. Syed, I wanted to respond to your post about RSS feed.
I'm using an outsourced spam/virus filter: Sentinare PostGuard (http://www.sentinare.com/) that uses both Bayesian Filtering and SpamAssassin as well as 'greylisting', and 'tarpitting' a multi pronged approach that really works great.
But the main feature is the web based quarantine for training the filter. Really quite impressive, and as you mentioned, they have an RSS feed of your quarantined items so you dont have to login to the quarantine to check for any false positives. Even though the accuracy is like 99.87% for me, its nice to have the RSS feed anyways.. and add in IMAP and TLS support, geeez. The best. Sentinare knows email!
> Hi All,
> With all the Spam as well as security
> scare around emails and the need for an
> anti-virus software to protect from
> those Spam as well as worms, trojans,
> and viruses that spread thru email, why
> not simply add a simple XML based
> "RSS feed" like feature on top
> of the email server.
> A user then simply selects their server
> as an RSS Feed Source that they
> subscribe to.
> A sligthly modified "email
> client" with XML parser could then
> be built on top of an RSS Feed Reader /
> Aggregator that would stop emails and
> Spams from being downloaded and pushed
> down to clients like in POP3 but users
> will get only the email subject and
> headers like "news-feeds" so
> they could decide and select which ones
> they need to read (download from the
> server) and the rest can be nuked
> straight at the server ?
> I think - once most spams can be stopped
> this way in their tracks on the servers
> - and end-users (many now-a-days PC
> Neophytes) stop helping in its
> propagation over the net - the tidal
> wave of spam can be greatly reduced and
> Sounds like quite a simple solution
> isn't it ? Can any one see anything
> wrong with this ?
> - Syed Ahmad