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Norton Safe Web Lays An Egg

Monday, January 5th, 2015

User’s of any Norton product (owned by Symantec) are running into some very strange errors when trying to access OnlyMyEmail’s web site lately.

In fact, they’re being told that we’re a malicious infected malware site and cannot be trusted.

Pretty startling, given our beyond stellar reputation as the most accurate spam filtering system on the Internet since we launched in 2003, winning awards from PC Magazine, PC World and blocking more spam than any other filter ever tested by the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Competition.

What dangerous and malicious ill-willed behavior are we up to over here recently?

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OnlyMyEmail Captures First Place in VBSpam Competition

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

For the 20th consecutive competition, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge and secured yet another first place finish.

During the latest competition, which ran for 13 consecutive days, OnlyMyEmail accurately blocked more spam than all other spam filters, missing only one spam email out of 82,206 total. This represents a capture rate of 99.9988%.

In addition, OnlyMyEmail did not create a single false-positive result (blocking of legitimate emails) during the test, resulting in another VBSpam+ award.

By comparison, well known solutions performed much worse, with Kaspersky missing 84 spam emails, Sophos allowing 159 and McAfee failing to capture 442 emails from the exact same live feed of messages; with Kaspersky and McAfee both blocking multiple legitimate emails as well.

The worst performers were Spamhaus ZEN+DBL which allowed 7,439 spam emails for a capture rate of 90.95% and the SURBL which missed 53,864 meaning they only blocked 34.48% of all spam.

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OnlyMyEmail Captures 100% in Spam Competition

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

For the thirteenth consecutive evaluation, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge and secured yet another first place finish.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing not even one spam email out of 64,988 total. This represents a never before seen spam capture rate of 100%.

In addition, OnlyMyEmail created zero false-positive results (blocking of legitimate emails) during the test, resulting in an overall perfect score.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was a tie between Libra Esva and Scrollout with both missed 17 emails in total and created false-positives of 1 and 25 respectively. The third best blocking rate went to Zerospam which missed 73 spam emails from the same corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 300 spam emails each included:  IBM, McAfee SaaS, Sophos, SPAMfighter, Vamsoft, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL.
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Receipt for your PayPal payment to WHO?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We fondly remember the days when PayPal Phishing frauds were easily spotted by their subject line alone. The urgent warnings about your compromised account made identity theft emails almost trivial to identify.

But, as with all things technology, the lame Phishing attempts too have evolved, and they’re snaring even users with moderate technology skills. The latest evolution of the PayPal identity theft fraud relies on the user’s reaction to what appears to be a standard account notice. The subject line is a receipt for payment, but to a seller with which you have not conducted a valid transaction, such as:

Subject:     Receipt for your PayPal payment to Soo Duk Lee

The email itself contains standard language like:

You sent a payment of $149.49 USD to Soo Duk Lee (commercializesa8@datkin.net)

Thanks for using PayPal. To see all the transaction details, log in to your PayPal account.

and

It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.

Here’s a complete copy of such a fraud:

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Another VBSpam Competition First Place Finish

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

For the thirteenth consecutive evaluation, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge and secured yet another first place finish.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, again missing just 1 single spam email out of 92,166 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.9989%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed 44 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to Zerospam which missed 61 spam emails from the same corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 500 spam emails included:  IBM, Sophos, SPAMfighter, Vamsoft, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL.

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OnlyMyEmail Sweeps A Dozen Spam Competitions

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

For the twelfth consecutive time, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 1 single spam email out of 134,418 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.9993%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed 56 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to Kaspersky LMS which missed 94 spam emails from the same corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 1,000 spam emails included:  Bitdefender, IBM, CronLab, Vamsoft ORF and SPAMfighter, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL.

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OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam in The VBSpam Competition

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

For the eleventh consecutive time, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 12 spam emails out of 242,703 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.993%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed 400% more spam, 50 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to ZeroSpam which missed 112 spam emails from the same spam corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 1,000 spam emails included: M+Guardian, Halon Security, Vamsoft ORF, IBM, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL. more »

SMTP timeout after sending data block… What’s The Issue?

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

This type of mail server to mail server SMTP failure is usually accompanied by log message like the following:

“SMTP timeout while connected to xx.xx.xx.xx [xx.xx.xx.xx] after sending data block (8189 bytes written): Connection timed out”

This type of failure could arise from any number of network connection issues, firewall packet inspection, a security application, or a virus scanner on the local mail server.  However, in every case we have encountered this it has been due to an issue with security systems on the receiving system, typically on the router itself.  For the most part, this failure only occurs when the recipient’s scanning system is processing emails with attachments (regardless of size) and it reaches a point where it fails/freezes.  After that, the recipient system stops accepting new SMTP data and after a predetermined time, the SMTP connection then times out.
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OnlyMyEmail Takes First Place in VBSpam Competition

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Competing in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system, and for the tenth consecutive time.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 12 spam emails out of 242,703 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.996%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed nearly 500% more spam, 77 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to Spam Titan which missed 183 spam emails from the same spam corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 1,500 spam emails included: Halon Security, CronLab, SPAMfighter, Vamsoft ORF, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL.

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OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam 8 Competitions In A Row

Monday, April 16th, 2012

For the eighth time in a row, OnlyMyEmail has blocked more spam than any other email filter in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

Once again, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 4 spam emails out of 146,121 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.997%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was SpamTitan which not only missed 47 spam emails, but also inadvertently blocked 600% more legitimate emails, known as false-positive results.

The average “false-negative” rate among the other 21 filtering systems tested was a whopping 293 missed spam messages and the median was 176.

The results from Virus Bulletin’s VBSpam Challenge have proven, time and again, that OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender is decisively superior to any other spam defense available today, including hardware appliances, software programs and other Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions solutions as well.

Quoting from the full VBSpam review:

In this test, OnlyMyEmail missed fewer than one in 36,000 spam messages. After several exceptional performances like this, we’ve almost stopped being surprised and thus it is good to note that many users do not even receive this much spam in a full year!

The full list of competitors to date, includes: AnubisNetworks, BitDefender, CronLab Anti-Spam, FortiMail, GFI MailEssentials, Halon Security, IBM Lotus Protector, Kaspersky Anti-Spam, Libra Esva, Mailshell, McAfee Email Gateway, McAfee EWS, McAfee SaaS, Messaging Architects M+ Guardian, Sophos Email Appliance, SPAM Fighter, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL, SpamTitan, Spider Antispam, SURBL, Symantec Messaging Gateway, The Email Laundry, Vade Retro, Vamsoft ORF, and ZEROSPAM.