2019 filtering statistics part 1

We have already passed the equator of 2019 year and heading to a bit colder part of the year. It’s good that our spamsters are not affected by weather and continue working hard regardless of the season. First half of 2019 did bring us lots of old spam waves and phishing messages and some new of course. However, if we look back into 2018 and compare results of the same period, we can see that the number of spam messages compared to valid ones overall is descending.


Chain letters, porn spam, money scams and email spoofing were the most popular new spam messages along with old school fraud and lottery winning ones. Looking back into statistics of 2018 spam filtering we can see that there were 170 M messages filtered during first half of last year and only 73 M (43%) of them were classified as valid messages.
Yes, that’s correct 97 M messages were blocked by our Spamsters which is 57% of the total number. A big amount of spam, you might think, but the good news is that garbage stays in your blocked list. Another visible trend compared to previous years is that the spam part is getting lower. This year first half brings us the following numbers:

Filtered: 181 M

Valid: 108 M (60%)

Spam: 73 M (40%)

As you can see this year numbers of all filtered messages are almost the same as the last year first half. However, valid messages beaten the spam ones – yay! According to our statistics we can see March is being “the most spamming month” while May brought us the biggest amount of messages to filter.

We can also see that starting from May till now the amount of spam messages is decreasing a bit. Probably due to high season of vacation not only for recipients of spam messages but for senders as well 🙂

Let’s wait a few months till December to see how this year charts will end up.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

Three reasons to like Spamdrain from the first sight:

1 Hassle-free signup – instant sign up with no credit card required for your convenience. Your spamster starts cleaning up your inbox immediately, so you can focus on the important things! The 14 days free trial period gives you plenty of time to get to know your spamsters . To tell you the truth, some people don’t even wait for the end of trial period and switch to the paid version.

2 It is cloud based. There is no need to install any desktop applications. Just visit the Spamdrain website in order to sign in and that’s it – your filtering will be working all the time.

3 Pocket spamster – carry your spamster with you on Android and iOS.  . We have free Android and iOS apps for you. The same filtering on your mobile device in one tap! Easy to use, handy and polished apps per your spam filtering needs!

Are there are any other reasons you like Spamdrain for? Let us know in the comments below!

Android App Released!

This day has come!

Spamdrain Android app is already released and it is ready to be downloaded in the Play Market. The latest version is 3.0.22.

Our Team has worked really hard to bring you high quality app which will make your Inbox extra clean and polished. The latest version includes fixes to the issues that our users previously experienced. All the crashes we’ve found and all the bugs you’ve reported are already corrected. We have also updated the texts that were in English and were not translated to other languages. Yep, our spamsters are from Sweden but they are international and ready to clean up Inboxes all over the world. There are some notable improvements in the Gmail and Outlook sign in. Please feel free to download the latest version if it is not yet updated automatically.

We have made efforts to bring to the world the high quality app but if you find any issues, errors or something you think is not right with the app, please feel free to contact us:

support@spamdrain.com

and we will work even harder to improve your experience with Spamdrain.

You are welcome to follow our Facebook and Twitter social pages in order to be the first one to see major updates.

Thanks!

Google is blocking spam filtering apps from accessing Gmail after July 15

It has come to our attention that Google has decided to not allow spam filtering apps, like Spamdrain, to access Gmail mailboxes any longer. This change will unfortunately prevent us from protecting Gmail users from spam and marketing emails starting as soon as July 15. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience this will cause all of our Gmail users who will be affected by this move from Google. We’ve done everything we can to resolve this, but Google has refused to cooperate.

In this post we will try to explain what is happening. If you want the short version, just skip to the FAQ at the end of this post.

Background

For the past years Spamdrain has been using the OAuth2 standard to securely access mailboxes of our Gmail users. With OAuth2, the user gives an application access to their Google account (or parts of their account, like the email address) without sharing the actual password of the account. It also provides a smooth setup for the user as all sign in and authentication is taking place on the provider’s website – in this case Google’s. 

Google has now updated its User Data Policy for their OAuth2 APIs, trying to protect its users from malicious apps accessing their Google accounts. From now on apps that use sensitive data from your Google account, needs to be verified and follow certain requirements.

The intention is to ensure that your data is used correctly and to minimize the risk of giving malicious apps access to your account. Overall, this is of course a good thing and we at Spamdrain have been following all requirements set out by Google.

Despite this, Spamdrain will no longer be approved to access Gmail, and the reason is that we are a spam filtering app which they no longer allow. Why? We don’t know and Google refuses to give a proper answer.

The image below is from Google’s FAQ.

FAQ

What happens now?

After July 15 Spamdrain will not be able to protect Gmail mailboxes. If you have a Gmail address filtered through Spamdrain, your filtering will stop. This will not affect domain filtered addresses though. 

It will not be possible to add new Gmail addresses for filtering in Spamdrain. Although you will still be able to use “Sign in with Google” when signing in to your Spamdrain account, only non-Gmail addresses can be added for filtering.

Can I get a refund?

If you have a paid subscription and cannot use Spamdrain because of this move from Google, please contact us at support@spamdrain.com, and we’ll do our best to arrange a refund. Unfortunately we have no possibilities to do refunds for Apple’s In App Purchases – that needs to be done through Apple.

Why such short notice?

According to the information we previously had received, this was not going to happen until December 31, giving us more time to announce this to our users properly.
But now this date has been changed by Google to July 15.

Are there any workarounds?

Unfortunately none that we can recommend at this time. What you could try is to create an app specific password for Spamdrain and configure your filtered address manually in Spamdrain. We don’t know if this will work for all users and even if it works now, we will not be able to tell how long it will work

More info can be found in Google’s Oauth API verification FAQ and User Data Policy.

Spamdrain Android app released for beta testing!

We are happy to announce that a new beta version of our Android app is waiting for you to try out! You can now be among the first ones to see the new changes and help us test it on your device.

If you have previously joined our beta program the update should already be ready for you to download from within the Google Play Store app on your device. To join the beta program and get access to this and future beta releases of Spamdrain click the link below and sign in using the Google account you use on your device:

Join the Spamdrain beta program

This beta release includes bug fixes, improvements and a polished look. We will continue working on our mobile app and you can expect new updates the coming months as we work our way towards a final release to be published to all users in the Google Play Store.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to provide us with feedback or report any issues you run into. Please send your feedback to

support@spamdrain.com

Have a great day and stay tuned!

Top 5 most dangerous attachment types

In this article we gathered 5 the most dangerous email attachment types. It’s a good thing they stay in the blocked list and not in your Inbox. Don’t know what’s a blocked list? Well, this means that you are not a Spamdrain user yet and you should definitely sign up here: 


https://spamdrain.com


So what stays there, in the blocked list? The most common file is the .PDF one. Your favorite newsletter, guide for some device or any other .pdf file you would like to download from the email message could be harmful to your device. Make sure the message containing the file is from the trusted source and double check before downloading it. 

The other one is a .ZIP file, the easiest way to pack a lot of files into one archive. Of course, one of the unpacked files could be from the bad guy, waiting for you to click on it. By the way, not just the .ZIP extension could be harmful. There is .7Z well known archive extension that could also contain phishing or any other harmful files. 

The next one is a Microsoft Office based file. The most popular are the .DOC or .XLSX extensions but it could also be any other Microsoft Office document based extension. 

We won’t be telling you how the opened software installs virus applications or how it tracks as much sensitive data as possible. We do not want you to remove the message once you found one of the mentioned extensions file. The main point of the article is to warn you once you see the suspicious attachment. Once you discover something wrong – proceed with caution and double check each click. 


The best way to secure yourself and your family is to refer to our recommendation from the beginning regarding sign up for Spamdrain. Our spamsters will do the rest. 


Thanks for reading!


Stay spam free 😉 

Summer is coming

     We are now one month away from summer.  This is the time when spammers getting ready to go hunting. Beach stuff to buy (you’ve already bought), summer trips (places you’ve already been to) and other spam/newsletters messages you do not need are just a few examples of messages you would like to avoid in your Inbox.

     In this case, it is the right time to start using Spamdrain. Our spamsters will do our best to keep your Inbox clean and spam free. In 14 days you will be happy seeing your brand new tidy Inbox. Yep, such a short period will be enough (actually it is a free trial period for you to get acquainted) to get ready for summer. In few clicks your email address will be ready for summer (please note, no gym attendance needed!). Easy to set up, easy to use and easy to remove – though we will work hard for you to stay with us. Your Inbox guard will be with you anytime anywhere even if you are flying to some warm places in the clouds. Exactly, our spamsters work perfectly in cloud 😉

   We are user friendly and your friends are welcome too! Bonuses for them are already waiting for you:


New and lower prices

Today we are pleased to announce that we are lowering the price for Spamdrain. The base annual price for regular Spamdrain has been lowered by almost 30% and for Spamdrain+ by almost 15% depending on your currency. We’re doing this to make Spamdrain more affordable for more people. Go to our web site for more details.

To enjoy the new prices, simply go to the order form and place your order as usual. The new prices will be applied to all customers – new and current – automatically when placing a new order.

If you recently renewed your subscription with the higher price, please contact us at support@spamdrain.com and we’ll work something out.

Why you should secure your email address Part 2

We continue sharing smart suggestions from our spamsters regarding email security:

  • be smart with password – previous case leads us to the next one. Upper and lower case, numbers, signs, digits – be creative as much as possible (with 8 characters at least 😉 )
  • change your password regularly and keep different – it is a second part of the previous suggestion. P.S. Keep different does not mean to change password from PasS8Wor#d1 to  PasS8Wor#d2. Remember, be creative!
  • create a testing email address using free email providers  – probably not the best decision in terms to those email providers but it is legal anyway. Using testing email address allows you to check the services that look suspicious to you. You can always change the email address to the other one once you are confident that it is secured to use.
  • two factor authentication – if your email provider supports it – use it! This also applies to third party services using your email address. In this case you can create an app specific password.
  • avoid replying to unknown – let it stay in your blocked list. This is the best one, where you add your email address to the Spamdrain filtering and we do the rest 😎

Thank you for reading!

 

Have a great day and a secured mailbox!

Why you should secure your email address Part 1

Email security is now one of the most readable and discussed topic on the Internet. Since online security evolves, the same thing happens with attempts to hack email accounts. We’ve gathered some most helpful things to do with your email account we found effective and easy to do:
  • use ssl – this means it is better to use secure transfer instead of non-SSL. For instance for IMAP connection type 993 protocol is more secure than 143. You can change the settings at Spamdrain but before ask your email provider if they support SSL connection (we think they should!).
  • hackers want your personal data – than don’t give it! Easy to use rule is to not reply to strange email message providing your personal data. If you think your bank provider or internet provider is asking you to send some data they never asked before – it’s a sign to double check. For instance, account@googl.com or similar sender could be not so honest and legitimate than actual account@google.com
  • phishing – taking your login/bank details. These are the email messages trying to find your credit card details or any other online money access. Example of such message could be email message from your favorite online store from no-reply@mazoncanada.ca (where “a” is definitely missing), with a general “Dear Client” greeting instead of “Dear Julia” asking you to confirm your identity by clicking on the link. By the way, link could look fine itself, but when you hover over the link it leads to some other content.
  • entering your personal data. Let’s imagine an email message asking you to confirm your age and hey! – there is already a field built-in in the message to enter you birth data. What a smart solution you would think (in this case think without double checking) – you enter the data and click on submit. A few minutes later social media account is hacked? Hmm, definitely birth date is not the best password and entering it into the spam message is not the best action.

Stay tuned and be the first one to read part two next week!