WHAT IS ANTI-SPAM?
Antispam is a solution that works to block and reduce the impact of the possible malicious emails on the users. Antispam is implemented by integrating with the users’ email systems of and the Internet Service Providers. It incorporates an extensive range of filters and other applications.
Antispam solutions work based on various methods, some implement the use of statistical or heuristics algorithms. Antispam service providers oversee to the IP addresses, email signatures and other relevant data that would assist to mitigate spam emails. Antispam software follows a set of protocols to identify suspicious mails from entering the users’ inbox.
BENEFITS OF ANTI-SPAM SOFTWARE
Antispam software provides the following benefits
- Blocks Spam
- Quarantines Spam
- Instant updates on the filter
- Monitors Multiple Accounts
- Customizes Whitelist of known contacts
- Reports Spam
Antispam software denies a specific set of email addresses that looks suspicious. It does not stop there, it also looks for specific subject lines and body texts of the email to check if the email is genuine or a spam.
Antispam filters function to isolate the spam mails, to protect the inbox from unwanted spam mails. The spam mails that are quarantined and archived for a certain number of days and then sent to trash. This quarantined phase would help in recovering any legitimate emails that has been quarantined.
INSTANT UPDATES ON THE FILTER
Anti-malware automatically updates filter to ensure instant detection of new and unknown threats.
MONITORS MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS
It helps to sift out spam mails from multiple accounts at the same time. This helps to create separate filters so that there is no confusion between personal and work emails.
CUSTOMIZES WHITELIST OF KNOWN CONTACTS
The anti-spam software helps to create a list of known senders whose emails are genuine to accept. The list of known contacts can be updated in future as well.
HOW CAN IT BLOCK AN EMAIL?
EMAILS IN SENDING QUEUE
This is a temporary block. The server considers the factual data from the earlier emails, keeps it as a record and analyses the future mails and decides if it has accept or delete the message received.
Emails are queued when the Internet Service Provider accepts only a specific amount of emails per hour and anything more than a certain limit, the server cannot accept and demands the remaining to be sent later. The system will continue to send the message as per the server rules and the emails that are not sent to the inbox after multiple attempts will be discarded.
RBL (REAL-TIME BLACKHOLE LIST)
It was initially developed to block IPs or domains that sends SPAM. Individual users, organizations share a list of IP addresses with spam complaints. Email server admins can set a protocol based on the lists so that if an email comes in from the restricted Ips list, the corresponding emails are sent to the spam folder and blocked from entering the users’ inbox.
Some companies create a Greylist. The emails coming from a specific set of IP addresses mentioned in the Greylist are filtered out and quarantined which are later sent after few hours.
IP REPUTATION SYSTEMS
There are IP reputation systems that gives a score for IP addresses corresponding the number of spam complaints.
The Internet Service Providers evaluate emails based on the IP reputation systems. So the emails are bounced back to sender so this helps the sender to take essential steps to tweak and send the emails again.
ANTI SPAM TECHNIQUES
There are various techniques to combat spam mails some of the popular ones are
It is the most commonly used filtering technique. All the malicious Ips that are known to send spams are extracted and listed. Admins use these from the list as the source to accept or deny mails based on the spam complaints.
Much similar to IP reputation, the recent filters list and categorize URLs as spam based on the complaints and source of origin and use them as samples to evaluate the IP associated with the source of URL.
AUTHENTICATION OF THE SENDER
The SenderID, DKIM and DMARC are used by most of the filters to evaluate and decide if the email is a spam.
Phrases, keywords, expressions of the subject lines or body texts, attachments and headers are considered keypoints to decide and confirm if the mail is a spam or a non-spam.
BENEFITS OF USING Xcitium ANTI-SPAM SOFTWARE
Xcitium Dome Anti-spam is a next-gen enterprise-based antispam software developed to fend of threats by incorporating efficient spam filters, content analysis system and robust scanners to deny suspicious emails from entering the users’ network.
EASY TO USE
It provides a unified platform to streamline email management with different security levels to different sets of users or departments.
INNOVATIVE ADVANCED PROTECTIONS
Deploys containment technology to protect even the latest zero day threats and other advanced threats. It also provides an inbuilt verdict engine called the valkyrie to analyze unknown files to investigate and evaluate if the files are genuine or malicious.
Xcitium Antispam archives implement the use of advanced search options that helps to locate any emails whenever required.
STABLE FILTERING PROVIDE
It helps to regain the bandwidth that was lost due to suspicious email traffic. Unsolicited traffic are filtered even before it reaches the network.