Hacking and Security Markets

Unfortunately, one rule of thumb is if hacker wants in, there is always a way. The hacking and security markets are very large, we do a ton of stuff to make sure malware and virus’s, are stopped at the front end of everything we do and we continue to improve this. Security unfortunately is really …

What is Backscatter?

Article from Ron Edison, Founder and CTO of Internet Defense Technology What is backscatter? These are bounces generated by spam that is sent with forged return paths (as most spam is). The bounces return to the actual owner of the email address. A great deal of backscatter returns to email addresses that don’t actually exist …

Why can’t I just answer all spam emails and tell them to stop?

I know it seems almost unbelievable that this could be the case, but the reality is, Spammers are some of the most unscrupulous people and if you were to email them back that you wanted to be removed from their list it is almost positive that they will take that as a bona fide email …

Post-irritated: Spam and the Filter’s Make It so Hard to be on Email

There are so many problems with service based internet issues today it’s a wonder anyone still emails! From Spam, to Malware, to Viruses, Phishing attempts and on and on it is a barrage of funk. Imagine walking down the street and people yelling at you to buy this or try that or whatever other random …

“Out of Office”

I have on occasion gotten an “out of office” message from someone, usually not a close friends, but some business contact. While I appreciate the answer, there is some risk in doing this. There are spammers who specifically send out messages with just one line of garbage in it. While you may feel it is …

How much does spam cost us?

Every year or two, Ferris Research updates its estimates for the total cost of spam, earlier this year they did the 2009 estimates . Their estimates: "Worldwide, spam will cost us all $130 billion; in the U.S. alone, $42 billion. That’s a 30% increase over our 2007 estimates, which themselves were a 100% increase over …

99% of Email Sent, We Blocked as Spam

Just one of our systems blocked 13.1 million messages in one week. That equaled 99% of all traffic sent through it!  Meaning that our customers servers never had to bear that load and this barrage never slowed down their systems. With 1% of email making it past our first level of filtering, another 27% were …

Why SAAS (Software As A Service) is Better than Software in Regards to Handling Spam

Firstly you do not need to install yet another piece of Software on your computers, and if you have a company of any size this can for sure be cumbersome, even if it is a server side push install to the whole base. Spam and AV Software is known to slow windows systems down drastically, …

Philosophies of Spam Solutions

Our CTO and founder, Ron Edison, recently wrote an article for Business Solutions Magazine called Philosophies of Spam Solutions.  It is now being featured on their website and I wanted to give you an excerpt here: While spam by the billions reaches out to users around the globe, they are scanned, blocked, deleted, sorted, filtered, …

What was your first email of 2009?

Been seeing people complain on twitter that the first email they received in 2009 was spam. While I would love to offer each and everyone of those people a trial of our email filtering software (haven’t heard anything from our guys) it is an interesting thing to note. The “email marketing” and spamming culture in …

Social Media Spam

Email spam is just one form of spam. Unfortunately any channel in which communication can flow, gets spam put on it. Join any social media site and soon you will find people spamming you. Luckily, it is easier to unfriend someone who spams you on social media sites. What I would recommend is when someone …

Question: How Do Spammers Make Any Money?

I get asked this a lot too and did a an early post called How Many People Actually Buy Something from Spam? which covers this subject. Basically this is a conversion problem. Say the spammers send out ten thousands (not uncommon number, sometimes more) spam messages and out of that say two people click through …

Question: How Long Before I Get Spam?

Been seeing a lot of people talking about changing their email address to get away from the spam. They wonder how long before they are going to have to change it again. There is no set rule on how long it will take to get spam again. This depends on how you use your email …