Thursday, April 10, 2008

Eating Our Own Dog Food: Anti-Spam Solution

I'm a firm believer in eating your own dog food. How can we expect our recommendations to be taken seriously if we don't use the things we recommend? We use and recommend Exchange Defender. It is working for us and it is working for our customers too. There is a nice report that it produces that shows in a very clear way that the software is working, saving us time and therefore money.

We're actually pretty clean email users. We get very little spam compared to some of our clients. So this is a picture of what email looks like today for a small 6 person firm that gets "very little junk".  Even so, the numbers are staggering. I have to say that Exchange Defender is the best $3 I've spent in a long time.

Not only do we get spam protection but we also get virus protection and best of all email continuity. If mail were to stop arriving at our office for any reason. We can log into a website and view and respond to our mail live. When our server becomes available again, poof, all of the mail is delivered to us at the office.

Sometimes things just work and it's a wonderful feeling.

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Your domain received 131,117 messages, which excludes directory harvesting attacks, denial of service attacks, known spammers, from senders on multiple blacklists. This total usually represents less than 20% of messages your mail server would have to process if you did not have Exchange Defender.

Your domain received 54,492 SPAM messages, which your employees did not have to read/delete accounting for at least 30 hours of saved productivity*.

Your domain received only 401,773 Kb out of 739,945 Kb that was sent to it, reducing bandwidth utilization and increasing server availability. *


* Productivity hours saved assumes that employee spends an average of 2 seconds reviewing/deleting each SPAM message. In reality, this time is far more than 2 seconds because it not only requires different amounts of time depending on computer speed but also contributes to more frequent worker interruptions as messages are being delivered. Bandwidth calculations assume the server only accepts real mail messages while keeping SPAM and SureSPAM quarantined. Important: All bandwidth, message counts and productivity calculations assume the basic functionality that shields the target mail server from DDoS, viruses, malware, trojans and confirmed SPAM messages. Without those totals and consequent problems are larger by several magnitudes.



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