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.

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.

Beta of our new webapp released

Today we have the pleasure to announce that we’ve released a public beta of the new webapp we’ve been working on for the past months. So far you will be able to access your filtered messages – search, report, release and view them. The next weeks we’ll make sure to unlock rest of the functionality such as settings, account info and our brand new whitelist blacklist management just as we have in the mobile apps.

First time you access the new interface you’ll be presented a tutorial that you don’t want to miss so make sure you watch the entire show.

Our spamster is welcoming you to the new look

Our spamster is welcoming you to the new look

Report and release by clicking the classification icon to the left.

Report and release by clicking the classification icon to the left.

Access old UI

And don’t worry if you feel lost. For some time we will provide a link to easily get back to the old webapp, but it will phased out later this year.

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About Spamdrain

SpamDrain is a anti-spam cloud service that uses artificial intelligence to filter out spam, newsletters, phishing and virus emails. We bring peace of mind to your inbox.

New iOS and Android apps published

Today we have the pleasure to announce that both our iOS and Android apps now are available in App Store and Google Play Store. These new apps brings a new look including a new logo and colors. We have also made it easier to sign up, add new addresses and improved the overall navigation in the app.

Another thing we’ve changed is the icons indicating the type of a message as you’ll see in the screenshots below.

A big THANK YOU to all the beta testers who helped us with all the valuable feedback.

We’re now working on finalizing the webapp which will be launched in an open beta in a couple of weeks.

Screenshots

New side menu

New side menu

Change classification of a message

Change classification of a message

New side menu

New side menu

Change class by tapping classification icon

Change class by tapping classification icon

 

Login screen

Login screen

 

Access all your addresses easily and add new ones.

Access all your addresses easily and add new ones.

 

Filter which types of messages you want to see

Filter which types of messages you want to see

About Spamdrain

SpamDrain is a anti-spam cloud service that uses artificial intelligence to filter out spam, newsletters, phishing and virus emails. We bring peace of mind to your inbox.

New web site launched and still open spots for beta testing apps


We are slowly rolling out our new design which now is available at spamdrain.com. We are doing the changes gradually so for a couple of weeks you may see a mix of old design and new one. So please bare with us.

When you sign in you will still see the old web app but we are working on publishing a beta version of that in a week or two.

Final chance to beta test iOS and Android apps

There are still room for more beta testers. Please see our
previous post for info about how to join.

New beta versions of Android and iOS apps published

Today we have the pleasure to announce we have released the second beta of both our iOS and Android apps. This second beta adds better support for iPad and tablets. We have also fixed some issues and added a tutorial which is displayed first time you start the app.

Please let us know what you think

If you haven’t joined as beta tester yet, please read below for info of how to apply. If you are testing, please let us know what you think – we want to know what’s good and what we can do better. Send your feedback to feedback@spamdrain.net.

Sign up for iOS beta testing

We are using Apple’s Testflight that’s now integrated in their normal app publishing tools. So all you need to do is to send us an email to beta@spamdrain.net and we will send you an invite.
While waiting for the invite, please install the Testflight app from App Store.

Sign up for Android beta testing

Please join our beta tester Google+ group if you haven’t already to get your copy of the new beta once we publish it. When you have joined the group you’ll find instructions of how you “join as a tester”. After that you will automatically receive the beta as an ordinary update.

What about the webapp?

Please be patient :-). We are also working on a complete rewrite of our web interface, and will soon publish a beta version of that as well.

About SpamDrain

SpamDrain is a anti-spam cloud service that uses artificial intelligence to filter out spam, newsletters, phishing and virus emails. We bring peace of mind to your inbox.

Beta testers for both iOS app and Android app wanted

We are about to release beta versions for our Android and iOS apps. So if you’re interested in getting your hands on the new fresh look and have the opportunity to give us feedback before the final release, please sign up as beta tester.

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Sign up for iOS beta testing

We are using Apple’s Testflight that’s now integrated in their normal app publishing tools. So all you need to do is to send us an email to beta@spamdrain.net and we will send you an invite. While waiting for the invite, please install the Testflight app from App Store.

Sign up for Android beta testing

Please join our beta tester Google+ group if you haven’t already to get your copy of the new beta once we publish it. When you have joined the group you’ll find instructions of how you “join as a tester”. After that you will automatically receive the beta as an ordinary update.

What about the webapp?

Please be patient :-). We are also working on a complete rewrite of our web interface, and will soon publish a beta version of that as well.

About SpamDrain

SpamDrain is a anti-spam cloud service that uses artificial intelligence to filter out spam, newsletters, phishing and virus emails. We bring peace of mind to your inbox.

Report/Release issue in latest SpamDrain iOS app version 2.0.11

Update: New version 2.0.12 is now approved and soon available in App Store. Please make sure to update.

Unfortunately we have two issues in our latest iOS app, version 2.0.11.

The first issue is in the Blocked and Allowed lists, when reporting or releasing a message. The top message will always be the message to be reported or released regardless of which message you tap – if you do this from the list. If you do this from the message view it works as expected.

Do not upgrade to 2.0.11 – wait for 2.0.12 instead

We have submitted a new version to App Store, but nowadays it takes about a week before Apple reviews apps so the update will take some time to reach you.

Workaround if already updated to 2.0.11

Before the new version that fixes this issue (2.0.12) is available you need to do the following when reporting or releasing messages:

  • Do not report/release from the lists directly unless you want to report/release the first message.
  • Instead – tap the message and report/release from the view message screen:

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Issue with 12 hour setting

The second issue is that message lists won’t show any messages if you have your clock set to 12 hours instead of 24 hours. The workaround for this is to go to your Settings app, General->Date & Time and switch 24 hour on. Then lists will show messages again. Version 2.0.12 will include a fix for this as well.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience and hope the new version will be available a soon as possible.

SpamDrain 2.0 for Android…now in a Google Play store near you

Today we published version 2.0 of the SpamDrain Android app. Big thanks to all beta testers who helped us nail down the last (known) bugs.

With this new version you will be able to search in the message lists. There also a new way to report and release messages directly from the message lists. The navigation in the lists and message view should also be a lot smoother. You can also manage your filtered addresses and view filtering status directly in the app.

Below are some screenshots. Please give us your feedback when you have received the update.

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