Mobile Apps Update

This day has come!

New versions of our iOS and Android applications already waiting for you! Check them out in Apple Store and Google Play Market as well.

The new releases include bug fixes and some minor improvements of both apps but that is not the end of the story. Currently we are working further on our mobile applications and you should expect new versions with newly added features soon.

We hope you enjoy using freshly updated apps and clean Inboxes!

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to provide us with the feedback or report any issues found (though we worked very hard to solve them ).

Have a great day and stay tuned!

Personal Statistics Chart

Have you ever checked how many messages your Spamster has filtered this week/ month or so?

Recently we have shared some info about the amount of filtered messages of all our clients in this article. Today we would like to describe “Statistics” feature available for each account.
Statistics charts can be found on this page https://spamdrain.com/en/app.html#/statistics. Following the link, you will see the amount of filtered messages by your own Spamster. You can switch the view to “Last week” / “4 weeks” / “6 months”. As we can see for most of the clients, the charts tend to go high, which means that the number of messages filtered is constantly growing. We hope that spam in your Inbox tends to go to 0.

Hovering the mouse on the specific column will let you see the exact number of messages. There is also a possibility to see only chosen category of emails: spam/valid/viruses/newsletters.

If you are a happy owner of a Spamdrain+ subscription and there are more than one user added to your account, you can switch between the users and have a closer look at statistics per user.

Now, when you know the exact number of filtered messages, you can easily calculate how much time you save with the help of your Spamster.

Do you want to know whether the number is high or low? Feel free to leave a comment with the amount of filtered messages per week and compare results :)

Spamdrain+ Subscription Type

Here is a little description of our Spamdrain+ subscription features.

As you can see from the link the main difference between basic Spamdrain subscription and the Spamdrain+ is an unlimited number of email addresses and the price per address. Expensive subscription you might say, however, if you check the price per 5 email addresses or more, you will see that the more addresses are added the bigger discount you get. For example, if you would like to add 10 email addresses to the filtering you will get 15% discount, 100 email addresses: 35% discount.

Using multi user option in Spamdrain, each user logins to his own account, receives only his own reports, has its own blacklist/whitelist. In other words, each user account is “separated” from others. The owner of subscription is able to create/remove users and move email addresses between users. Payments in this subscription are handled by the owner, there is no need for the users to worry about expiration date. The best way to help your employees save their time ;)


Using Spamdrain+ subscription allows you to add your domain to the filtering. With domain filtering your email gets filtered before it reaches your email server. Using this guide you can check for more and set the filtering. Please note, using domain filtering you also pay per email address added to the filtering. The aliases are free to add :)

One more advantage of using Spamdrain+ is that you get your personal support. Whatever the issue, our support will gladly help you to resolve it.

You can find a little bit more here:
Ready to try? Go ahead and do not hesitate to contact support if there are any questions!
Thanks!

Spam Statistics 2016

Recently we have posted an article dedicated to 2016 achievements of Spamdrain team.
However we would like to pay special attention to our Spamsters hard work during last year.
In this post we are sharing some surprising facts about our Spamsters daily work.
It turned out that our Spamsters filtered 477.65 M messages during last year and only 148.74 M (31%) of them were classified as valid messages.
Doing simple mathematics we found out that 328.91 M messages were classified as spam which is 69% of the total number. As you can see, the load of spam messages is twice bigger than of valid ones. We can surely say, that spammers are trying to “improve” these stats every year :)

Using those number we tried to calculate how much time is spent on spam checking every day. If you are super fast person who checks one spam message in one second, you will spend 10,5 years in order to check 328.91 M spam messages. But what if you spend 5 seconds to check one spam message, or even 10? Billions of wasted seconds and hours… If you are using your email address added to the filtering for business, you can calculate the price of such time depending on hourly cost. Billions of lost money…

Our average customer receives approximately 40 spam messages a day which are being filtered by our hard working spamsters. What if you do not have your own spamster and spend, let’s say 5 seconds to read/check/remove the spam message? That will cost you up to 20 hours per year to check those spam messages. Realizing that, our spamster are working even harder, because they want you to spend that time with your family, friends, even with your cat or dog.

We hope you enjoyed the article and now you are more happy to have your spamster than before.

Please feel free to share this post and help other people to save their precious time.

Thanks for reading!

2016 Highlights

When the Festive season is over and 2017 is ready to start working on all the New Year Resolutions and plans, we would like to stop for a moment to sum up what Spamdrain has achieved in 2016.

As most of the companies, we had our business plan for the year and had already summarised it for ourselves. However, all the plans and their realisations would not have been possible without YOU, our customers, so now we are more than glad to share our main achievements with YOU:

  • In 2016 we have processed more than 3500 customers’ support requests which means that Spamdrain Team has solved lots of issues in different areas and we are happy to know that our Team is strong enough to deal with any matter that may appear. We have also updated our Help Desk Articles and created new ones based on your requests.
  • We have expanded our team in order to provide excellent service. Each Spamdrain’s team member knows that his or her work is one more step to better quality of the product.
  • In 2016 we have received much more positive feedbacks than in any other previous year. Reading them, we understand that we are on the right way to happy customer. You might want to check some recent feedbacks on our main page of the website (feedbacks are updating).
  • 2016 has brought some negative feedbacks as well but we are thankful for that as well. Having carefully studied each of them helped us to understand that there are no limits in getting better and we will continue working on our perfection.
  • Based on the feedbacks and reviews from our customers, we have provided different discounts for new and current users. The most recent discount was dedicated to Black Friday. We hope that you enjoyed them and surely, we will enrol some new discounts soon.
  • We have rolled out a lot of new features. Actually, our users suggested many of them and we really appreciate this contribution to Spamdrain. You can check newly added features in our previous posts here.
  • We have trained all our Spamsters to work as a team and always stay on guard of our customers’ Inboxes.

All in all, we would like to thank YOU for helping us in reaching our last year goals and we hope that this year will bring us new ideas and new achievements. There are lots of things we have planned and a lot of work to be done.

All we want is a world of clean Inboxes :)

Secure Yourself from Phishing Emails

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In this article we would like to highlight some key points regarding email security and phishing scams.

First of all, what is phishing? Email messages that are trying to get your personal information are called phishing scams. Usually this kind of messages lead you to the fraudulent websites using links included in the message. The website itself is intended to collect your username, email address, password, credit card detail etc.

According to Symantec threat report, the reported number of exposed identities jumped to 429 million in 2015. Since phishing is considered to be one the most devious form of identity theft, it is important for your to become familiar with the various types of phishing scams as well as to learn how to be protected from them. We gathered the most useful and powerful tips on how to beat phishing messages:

1. Do not click on the links, download files and attachments from unknown and suspicious senders. If you think the link is strange and doubtful, probably it is so. Never go to your bank’s website by clicking on links included in emails.
2. Do not reply to suspicious messages with providing your personal data (passwords, credit card details, etc.) to the sender. You never know who is behind the “sender” field. When you really need to share your information it is better to use secure website or just call the person than using an email to provide passwords.
3. Change your accounts’ passwords and check you bank account status regularly. Some companies have a policy rule to change account’s password regularly and use only hard to guess ones. Why don’t get such a rule for yourself?
4. One of the best options (that you are probably already using) is Spamdrain filter. Every week Spamster stops like 4-5 million spam messages with viruses, blank senders, etc. (and that’s even without newsletters). Our spam filters analyze every little detail from the sender field to the links in the message and our Spamster works hard to keep our customers satisfied. He is always on guard of your email address from phishing emails.

Well, it’s time to go and keep your Inbox free from phishing emails.
Thanks for reading!

We’ve rolled out an amazing new feature!

Now you can find your messages in the blocked and allowed lists faster! Just go to one of the lists here and click on the filter email list icon at the top-right corner as shown on the screenshot:
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You will see a checkbox with the date in the pop-up window. Just enter the date and click on Filter. Find the needed message from that date in one click. There is no need to scroll down the page finding the email through tons of other messages. In order to reset the date filter just uncheck the checkbox and click on Filter.
Currently this feature is available only in our web version. Follow our blog and you will be the first to know when it goes live on our mobile apps.

How to: Unsubscribe from Newsletters

Newsletters and other promotional emails cannot be called “spam” technically, as they are from legitimate organizations but sometimes they get annoying. In this article, we will try to help you get rid of such unwanted messages.
The very first tip is to think twice before giving your email address to online forums and guest books and of course any suspicious websites. If you already do so, you can close this article and enjoy your free-from-spam Inbox.
However, it is very easy to get into some distributional newsletter list even if you did not intend to. It’s a common practise to provide unsubscribe link in every legitimate newsletter. Usually, desirable link is hidden at the bottom of the email message. You might want to try the following steps to free your inbox from unwanted newsletter once and forever:

 
1. Open a newsletter message;
2. Find the Unsubscribe link and click on it. Sometimes it can be hard to find the needed link because newsletter senders do not want to lose their audience. You can resolve this little issue using a search option in the webmail client (to speed things up you can press Ctrl+F) and type “Unsubscribe” in the search field. Here it is! Usually, clicking on the link redirects you to the source website and asks to confirm your decision;
NOTE: If you use some email application, the combination of the “Search” hot keys might be different, e.g. Outlook will respond to Ctrl+E to run the search.
3. Finally, you see something like: We have removed your email address from our list. What a relief! This might be not the end of the story though. Sometimes, it is required to go through several steps before you finally see that you are unsubscribed.

Keep in mind, the guide applies to legitimate email newsletters (like Linkedin, Twitter etc.). Spam newsletters are not so easy to deal with. It’s typical for spam newsletters to lead your email address to more spam lists (and this is definitely not the unsubscribe process). This is where Spamdrain comes in handy. Newsletter filter is enabled at your Spamdrain account by default. Now, using Spamdrain newsletter filter, spam newsletters are not a problem anymore.

You can find more information here.

Hopefully, now you will be much more confident in security of your email address in terms of spam newsletters.

Feel free to leave likes and comments! We will be more than glad to hear your ideas for our next HOW TO articles.

Email Address Construction

Today Spamster is offering you some interesting facts about email address and a few funny names for @ sign.
An email address consists of three parts:
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1) Local Part
Local part consists of up to 64 characters and is chosen by the email account owner or administrator.

2) Domain part
Could be custom domain, company, organization providing the email service, ISP provider. The domain name part of an email address has to conform to strict guidelines: it must match the requirements for a hostname, a list of dot-separated DNS labels, each label being limited to a length of 63 characters.

3) “At” sign
Officially, this symbol is called commercial at. Unofficially, most people seem to refer to it as the at sign or just at. Recently, there has also been a movement to call it the “atmark”. There are also numerous nicknames for it, including snail, curl, strudel, whorl, and whirlpool.

Here are some quirky names for the @ symbol in different countries:
apenstaartje – Dutch for “monkey’s tail”
snabel – Danish for “elephant’s trunk”
kissanhnta – Finnish for “cat’s tail”
klammeraffe – German for “hanging monkey”
papaki – Greek for “little duck”
kukac – Hungarian for “worm”
dalphaengi – Korean for “snail”
grisehale – Norwegian for “pig’s tail”
sobachka – Ukrainian for “little dog”

We believe that there are more funny names for @ sign than gathered above. Tell us how @ sign is called in your country or probably your own nickname for it.
Looking forward to your comments.

5 things you did not know about Spamdrain: 2

Our Spamster continues to explore our customers’ needs and has some newly added features to share. Well, some of them are not brand new but definitely useful.
1. Spamdrain has rolled out an amazing new feature for our customer: fetch interval change. First, what is fetch interval? Fetch interval is the frequency of connections to your email server from Spamdrain servers. Sometimes you can see an error at the filtering: Error Connect. In most cases the reason of the issue is that our servers’ IP addresses are blocked due to too frequent connections. Now you can set fetch interval according to your email provider’s policy. Just click on the needed email address  here and click on Advance on the pop up window in order to change the interval.
2. Viewing tutorial is a good option to meet our Spamster and get to know him from the start. Many people ignore tutorial just closing it without any chance for our Spamster to introduce himself. From now on, you can restart tutorial and review what was skipped. The option is available here under the “Your settings” area.
3. Probably, you are already using a daily reports option to check the emails that were blocked. However, did you know that such reports could be weekly and monthly? That’s not even all – biweekly is also an option. You can set it here . Just click on EDIT under “Your settings area”.
4. Sometimes we receive requests to restore deleted messages. Proudly we can say: “We can restore messages”. But, there is always a “but”. If the messages are removed by empty list option we can restore the last empty list action. If the messages were deleted one by one or just one message was deleted, unfortunately, we would not be able to restore them.
5. Spamster is very thankful to our customers for all the feedbacks. They really help us to improve the service and work hard further. Oops, looks like Spamster ran away to show up in the tutorial as there is already a customer who restarted our tutorial!
He will surely be back soon!
Likes and shares are welcome as always!