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Paradise.net.nz changes spam blocking policy

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Jul-2006 10:26

I've received an e-mail today from Paradise with this:

We would like to inform you of a change to our spam and anti virus protection policy.

As spam volumes continue to increase, the percentage of incoming email that is classified as spam is also increasing. To address this issue, paradise.net will be deleting spam automatically from your mailbox. 

From 29th of June, all email we classify as SPAM will be automatically deleted. This change will mean that you won't be using your mailbox quota as quickly. This change is made at paradise.net and you do not need to do anything.


"As spam volumes continues to increase, the percentage of incoming email that is classified as spam is also increasing" surely is meant to be "As email volumes continues to increase...".

But the thing that worries me is false positives. All those Trademe e-mails, and I've seen a few going into the spam folder, which is only available through their webmail interface, leaving a lot of people without knowing what's going on.

On the bright side, I've noticed that their filters are generally good, but there are always false positives - as a lot of false negatives, since spammers are getting smarter.

No, I don't know the answer, but simply deleting the e-mails without passing them on to the users might cause some problems, unless the filters are better.

Perhaps the solution is better policies, sender authentication (no, not charging for e-mails as AOL wants to do) or some sort of certificate. But not too overly complicated as those spam blocking services that ask you to visit a webpage to enter a code for each e-mail you send to a friend - I stopped authenticating ages ago, I don't need to waste my time with that.

And blocking smtp ports is not the solution either, as Xtra did a few months ago. There are good legitimate reasons why people use this, and ISPs shouldn't "break" the Internet protocols.






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