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Wed 24 Dec 2003

Spam Sieve trial

Category : mac and the internet

I do get a lot of junk mail daily due to email addresses posted on project webpages. 50 a day is the usual. But its not really the number but where it all goes. My email program, Entourage, works reasonably well, so almost all ends up in the junk mail folder. And occasionally a virus may flood my inbox until I add a "rule".

Trouble is, some good mail is classified as junk too - so anti-spam software struggles to find a balance between false positives and false negatives!

I had heard rave reviews over a long time about the 2003 MacWorld Eddy Award winner, Spam Sieve. When I heard it could be used with Entourage, I decided to see if it would be worth the US$25 shareware fee.

The stats are pretty impressive, but I experienced a lag time while the apple scripts execute on what is now a relatively slow 600MHz iBook.

If you use Entourage's junk mail filter, define a nice set of rules, and use your address book as a 'good mail' filter, you can get similar results. But it comes only after a lot of tweaking which I have done. For new users plagued with spam, I simply say buy Spam Sieve.

The complete review of Spam Sieve was posted on the me@n list.

Posted at 4:15AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .