All About Email

Email Protocols & Settings, Your Best Choices

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Now that email is everywhere, not only on computers but on phones and tablets, even casual technology users need to understand their email configuration options.

Not only can understanding your choices make managing your email easier, but your efficiency, privacy and security can be greatly enhanced as well.

For receiving email the most common protocol is old good old-fashioned Post Office Protocol (POP3).

Using this protocol any device can download messages from your email hosting servers. If you use multiple devices you might want to configure each device “leave mail on server” for just a few days in order to allow each device enough time to download a copy of each message. Leaving too much mail on your email server for too long can slow down your access and also exceed your email storage quota.  For more on this subject, see: Should I Leave Messages On The Server?
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Once Again, OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The results from OnlyMyEmail’s seventh participation in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge competition have been released.

For the seventh time in a row, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender has blocked more spam than any other competing spam filtering solution. This time, OnlyMyEmail missed just four spam messages out of 113,770 total, for a spam filtering capture rate of rate of 99.996% and did so without blocking even a single legitimate email.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was McAfee SaaS which missed 53 spam messages but did so with a whopping 20 false positive results as well.  The second best capture of any spam filter with the same zero false positives as OnlyMyEmail was Mailshell with a disappointing 113 missed spam emails.

The average “false-negative” rate among the other 23 filtering systems was a whopping 519 missed spam messages and the median was 193.

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.

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.

What if someone says they sent me a message but I didn’t get it?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

We commonly receive questions from users who tell us an expected email has not arrived, and they don’t know how to go about finding it.

Fortunately, with proper information and the right approach, it’s not really that hard to track down missing email messages.

Like snail mail, email follows a path from the sender to the recipient and problems can arise along the way.  When a package or letter hasn’t arrived, it doesn’t make much sense to start yelling at the mail carrier; instead you have to start at the beginning and follow the message from point to point.

Following the chain of possession, the most common causes of missing email are as follows: more »

Endless Spam from Earthlink

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

It’s hard to estimate how many Earthlink user accounts have been compromised at any given time, but the endless drip-drip-drip of spam from Earthlink’s servers speaks volumes.

Either the infiltration is significant, or it’s just that Earthlink’s email security, monitoring and controls are either completely ineffectual or non-existent.

The endless drone of Earthlink spam continues with terse “familiar” sounding subjects such as:

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OnlyMyEmail Sets Records in the VB Spam Challenge

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

The results from OnlyMyEmail’s fifth participation in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge have been released.

For the fifth time in a row, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender stopped more spam than any of the other 18 competitors. The MX-Defender allowed only 2 spam messages out of 291,304 total, for a new record spam filtering capture rate of 99.9993%.

View the complete VBSpam Competition Results PDF

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OnlyMyEmail Receives Highest Score Ever in the Virus Bulletin Spam Challenge

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The results from OnlyMyEmail’s fourth participation in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge have been released.

For the fourth time in a row, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender stopped more spam than any of the other 19 competitors, missing only 2 spam messages out of 72,008 for a record spam filtering capture rate of 99.9972%. This phenomenal capture rate, combined with zero false-positives, earned OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender the highest score ever awarded since the Virus Bulletin Spam Challenge began testing two years ago.

View the complete VBSpam Competition Results PDF .
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OnlyMyEmail Tops Virus Bulletin Challenge Spam, Again

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

For the second time in a row, OnlyMyEmail’s Corporate MX-Defender has been proven to stop more spam than any other solution in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

In the latest anti-spam challenge, 20 filtering solutions were compared using a live email stream over 15 consecutive days. Once again, OnlyMyEmail’s spam capture rate was the best of all, allowing just 16 out of 89,027 junk emails for a record setting 99.9820% spam filtering rate.

Even more impressive, several of the few emails that were allowed were recognized by OnlyMyEmail as “direct marketing” and in the real world would have been either allowed or blocked based on end-user preferences.

For comparison, 7 of the solutions missed more than 500 spam messages and 2 even allowed delivery of more than 1,000 pieces of junk email.

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.

What Are False-Positive Emails?

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

When spam filtering systems block the delivery of a legitimate email, this is referred to as a “false-positive” result.

As it turns out, doing a good job of stopping Spam is not nearly as difficult as avoiding false-positives results. Eliminating false-positives is the most difficult problem for email recognition and filtering technologies, and is what separates the better mail filtering solutions from the rest.

A realistic expectation is that every useful spam filtering system or technique will create false-positives, and especially with regards to automated notifications, mass-mailed commercial newsletters and “legitimate” direct marketing messages. more »

Virus Bulletin Spam Fitlering Comparative Review – OnlyMyEmail Has Highest Capture Rate

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

OnlyMyEmail Anti-SpamVirus Bulletin has included OnlyMyEmail’s Corporate MX-Defender for the first time since VBInfo began their spam filtering challenge back in 2009.

In all, 20 filtering solutions were compared in the latest test and OnlyMyEmail’s capture rate bested them all with a record capture rate of missing just 7 out of 92,606 junk emails.

That represents an astounding filtering rate of 99.9924% and, unlike tests and analysis published by others, this review was based on a live stream of email and not a static (and dated) corpus of test emails.

The next best blocking rates achieved by the next five contestants missed 29, 45, 51, 73 and 100 junk emails respectively.  Four of the least effective spam filters missed more than 1,000 spam emails each.

Miss Freya and the Taliban Virus

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Today, in the “more proof that there’s nothing new under the sun” category, we’re going to discuss the Taliban Virus.

The so-called “Taliban Virus” is a MANUAL virus. A manual virus requires you to voluntarily damage your computer because the virus is not sophisticated enough to do it by itself.

Yes, this is a joke. more »