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I normally get around 2000 spam messages a day as I have many domains and I forward everything to Gmail.
The problem is in Gmail you cant do:
keep everything in:
and then reject everything like:
to the trash.
Instead I am getting spammers guessing
and the spam comes through.
Also Gmail spam detection is bad, that a lot of my normal mail is getting confused as spam so I have to sift through 2000+ spam everyday.
I decided to switch back to forward back to hotmail and instantly I noticed they do a much better job.
So far after 3 days, the 2,000+ spam is down to 50 per day with 0 spam false detection.
Also because you can have "SAFE" lists the spam detection also reduces false positives unlike Googles Gmail.
Theres too much praise on Gmail, its nothing but a glorified 1GB hard disk space... I wont use it again until they offer better spam control.
Yes, I do quickly glance through the SPAM folder during the course of the day to check for valid mail that may have gotten in there in error however for the last month or so there have been very few and those were mostly news letters that others had probably marked as SPAM.
The big advantage of Gmail is the notifier and the POP mail options. Also the interface is much better than Hotmail. We are already at 50MB since we started. It also acts as a back-up to our OE mail storage.
While it is not perfect it is much easier to use than Hotmail and much faster. I won't go back.
On hotmail you dont get near as much spam because it much more accurate and deletes it at source.
On Gmail you gave to spend 30 mins per day going through the spam as you get far too many false positives.
Where are the "Safe lists"?
The label system used to work but now the filters dont even work on the labels anymore.
Where is the catch all filter rule?
Gmail fans boys, keep telling yourself its better than hotmail. Im glad I switched back as I only spend 3 mins looking at my mail compared to the 30+.
Oh and the people who only get 5-10 spam per day wont see a problem as your not heavy users.
After training their spam system I find I get maybe 1 or 2 false positives out of 1000 spam emails, considering that the false positives are just mailing list type emails that i don't read anyway it doesn't bother me.
I get maybe 2-4 spam emails each day that are put into my inbox, but after marking them as spam i very rarely see the same type of spam there again.
Considering I have all my mail pass through rbl checking on my own mailserver before being forwarded to gmail I get much less spam than if I was passing everthing though.
Overall I couldn't be happier with the gmail service. All I really want is a way of deleting labels and all of their content, and a way of emptying the spam/trash folders without having to select a page of email at a time.
If your using it for personal use and are getting 800+ (!) spam emails a day, you should seriously reconsider how your using your email address!
If your using it for business... then why would you use ANY free provider (even hotmail)? You really have no reason to complain.
It's a free service, and from what I've experienced, it's very good for it's intended use.
I had redirected several email addresses to gmail and the SPAM is in the range of a few tens per hour. Gmail is now picking up all but about 10 a day. It's taken a few months though. And, the annoying thing is that a lot of the SPAM that was coming through could have been caught with OE tools.
Much more SPAM is finding it's way into our inbox.
When I say much more, out of about 100 SPAM that were there this morning when I checked about 8 were in the inbox.
That's about triple the normal amount. I also noticed that it was the "drug" and the "ink" ones that are getting through.
There is really nothing practical that we can do to prevent the SPAM
Sure there is.
var username = "emailaddress";
var hostname = "yourdomain.com";
var linktext = username + "@" + hostname;
document.write("<a href=" + "mail" + "to:" + username +
"@" + hostname + ">" + linktext + "</a>")
Thought that was pretty cool.