Spam Filtering Statistics 2017

Another spam filtering year is over. 2017 did bring us lots of spam waves and phishing messages. However, if we look back into 2016 and compare results of the same users, we can see that the number of spam messages overall is descending.
Natural disasters, cryptocurrencies and iPhone winnings were the most popular new spam messages along with old school fraud and lottery winning ones. Looking back into statistics of 2017 spam filtering we can see that there were 446.91 M messages filtered during last year and only 162.23 M (36%) of them were classified as valid messages.
Yes, that’s correct 283,42 M messages were blocked by our Spamsters which is 64% of the total number. A big amount of spam, you might think, but the good news is that garbage stays in your blocked list.
According to our statistics, most spam messages are being caught by our Spamsters during working hours. As we can see from charts, weekends are mostly free from spam (maybe spammers take care of themselves and have rest on Saturdays – Sundays).
If we take a look on monthly charts, we can see March being “the most spamming month”. Spammers wake up from hibernation? Hmmm, interesting. Luckily, our Spamsters do not sleep and always stay on guard :)
We may write couple more pages about spam, its types and provide more and more statistics, but lets not dig that deep. If you wish to count and share how many messages your personal Spamster filtered last year, we will be happy to see your comments :)
Thanks for reading!
Spamdrain Team

Android App Release

Recently we have released our fresh Android Application. It is already available to for download in the Play Store. The last release includes:
- outlook and gmail login. Now you can sign up / sign in to Spamdrain application using just one click if you have outlook/gmail account. 
- new icons. We have replaced the old ones with brand new that we hope you’ll love.
- performance update. We have improved time response and we can say for sure that the application is working much faster. 
But this is not the end. We are also working on how to improve the existing app further. The new features are about to be added as well so stay tuned!
You are welcome to provide us a feedback regarding the latest release.
Now it’s the time to finish reading and check the new app!
Cheers!

New Payment Window

Recently we have changed our payment window. This is a planned change so don’t be afraid of something new during the payments. Our new payment window allows you to renew your subscription using a credit card. Currently we support VISA, MasterCard and American Express cards.
You can check this update by going to this page:
and clicking on “I’m ready to checkout”. Please make sure you subscription is expired and requires a renewal before clicking “Validate payment”
With this change we start our new payment possibilities which are about to be released. So stay tuned and check our updates!
As always, feel free to comment or contact our support in case of any questions.
Cheers.

Your Email Address Name Matters

In this article we have chosen to share with you some tips on how to name your email address. “Can there be any tips at all?” you might ask. We hope that you will find the answer in our post :) Here are some pieces of advice that you may find use of when creating professional/ business email address:

1. No nicknames and numbers.

Of course, something like coolmacho@domain.com or sexygirl@domain.com could be really cool and unique and there might be a specific purpose for using it. But what if your business partner sees this email address? He/she could think twice before replying to such sender. It is better to use only the name or first name plus last name for business needs. For example, john@domain.com or john.johnson@domain.com will make much better impression. The other advantage of using these kinds of names is it’s easy to remember.

2. Use your own domain name.

A lot of people create their accounts using free email providers services which is a good choice as well. If you have your own domain name, do not hesitate to create an email box at it. John@johncompany.com sounds quite good in a business world and has more perspectives when mailing your potential business partner. Plus, you can create an email box with your name and be sure it is not occupied by another user.

3. Set your email display name.

Once the email address is created setting your name and surname is good step to continue. In this case receiver of your email message will see an email message from John Johnson instead of Name Surname or Not Specified. Our spamsters think this brings a professional look to the Inbox and also helps to remember the sender and distinguish him/her from others.

4. Avoid special characters and numbers

Using special characters is not recommended, with an exception to dashes (-), periods (.) and underscores (_). As we said previously john.johnson@domain.com is fine, but not a john$$$@domain.com or johnny1975@domain.com. There is no need to show your birth date with the email address either or show your imagination with something like john12345@domain.com.

Now you are all set to create a unique and making-good-impression email address. If you have already an email address that everybody knows but you wish it had a different name, don’t be upset, there is always a possibility to create an alias or set the forwarding to your current email address

Follow our blog and we will tell you more on how to work with email addresses more efficiently and have them spam-free.
Hopefully, you enjoyed the article and if you have any questions or doubts, feel free to comment.

Cheers!
Spamdrain Team

Tip for Filtering Settings

We hope that you are one of the happy users whose Inbox is clean and tidy while your blocked list is full of spam messages. But what if it’s not? What if the blocked list is empty and your Inbox is full of garbage?
In this article we would like to share with you some tips on how to get over this issue quickly. Once there is a doubt regarding correct filtering, you can always check it at your settings page:

https://spamdrain.com/en/app.html#/settings

In the top right corner you can see your email addresses added to the filtering. If there is a yellow triangle (like shown on a screenshot) left to the email address, this is a sign to check.

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This means the filtering is not working as it should be due to some error. You can see the error message while clicking on the triangle. Even you spot one of such errors, there is no need to worry, those errors are easy to fix in a few clicks. If there something like “Authentication Error” or “Login Failed”, you need to verify if Spamster is using up-to-date password in order to filter messages. Here is more info:

https://spamdrain.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002612785-Password-Update-Change

If the error contains something strange that means nothing to you, don’t panic, it’s even easier to fix! Just contact our support and we will be glad to fix the issue or provide you with the guide no how to do it from your side.

We encourage our customers to double check if they have any doubts about filtering of their Inboxes. Please do not hesitate to contact our support if our help desk articles do not bring the needed solution.

Share with your friends and let the yellow triangle never appear at your Spamdrain settings  ;)

Going on Vacation – Take Your Spamster in Your Pocket

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The season of vacations is at its peak . Hopefully, you are among those who are enjoying one or planning your destination. Of course, some of you cannot just leave all work behind and have to keep track of your inbox. So do not forget to take your Spamster with you and let him be on guard 24 hours a day. All we want to say – Spamdrain mobile apps will be a good help here.

Most of our users have already felt the benefits of using Spamdrain mobile application along with the web version.
However we keep receiving queries on how to continue using Spamdrain if a user has no access to a computer. Here come our mobile applications to make use of.

Our iOS and Android Apps are additions to the basic web version view. You can manage the filtering of your email address using different devices, whatever suits you best. Once the filtering is paused using Android mobile application, it will be paused on your iOS application and web version as well. The same thing is about the messages. You can see the same messages no matter which device you use. Such options like sharing, account and subscription editing are also available within the applications.

We would also like to shed light on how Spamdrain filtering works. Once the email address is added to the filtering, it will be filtered for as long as you wish. Our service is cloud based, so no matter whether you have access to the web or not, your email remains safe. You can easily drink cocktail on the beach leaving your fears about spam behind.

Even if you do not have access to the Internet or there is no Wi-Fi at the beach, that’s ok, our Spamsters will not stop cleaning your Inboxes.

Don’t forget to take a hat, the sun is really shiny here today!

Have a nice vacation and Inbox free from spam ;)

June 2017 Stats

 
Hot stats of June.

We hope the weather outside your window is hot enough to lay on the beach and enjoy sunny summer days. We can say for sure that it’s hot for our spamsters. Obviously June is not the month of vacation for spammers.

The first month of summer was remarkable of its number of spam messages: almost 42.5M messages of our users were filtered. 16M messages were considered as valid and 26.4M were considered as spam. Number of spam messages does not look that promising, but at least we know those messages will not reach your Inbox.

The high number of spam messages is due to the fact that there are more and more spammers appear trying to reach you with different ways. Another reason is it’s becoming a trend to cause inconvenience to people using worldwide cyber attacks like WannaCry or Petya malware. Those two took place all over the world in May and June in accordance. No one is safe from being hacked but you can use one more strong layer before you click on the malicious link. Make sure the suspicious link stays unopened in the blocked list of your Spamdrain account. We are happy to increase the number of spam filtered messages as long as your Inbox remains clean and spam free.

Please do not hesitate to share it with your friends and let them know about spam free life

Thank you for reading!

How to Start Using Spamdrain

In this article we would like to mention some basics and useful tips on how to sign up for Spamdrain using our web version. We suggest reading this the post till the end before signup as you may want to choose one of the options.

Option 1. You can start the signup process right at our main page here: https://spamdrain.com . All you need to do is just to type your email address that you wish to filter in the field right below our Spamster. You will be redirected to the signup page where you should enter the password for the email address. Don’t worry, it is totally secure and the password will be safely stored. Once you enter the password, just click on the sign up button. Yay! Now you have an account at Spamdrain and the entered email address is already being filtered.


Option 2. Another way to sign up is to go directly to the signup page here: https://spamdrain.com/en/signup.html . The process here is the same as described above. Rarely, it is required to specify your email address settings like server for incoming email, port and type. You can easily find those settings at your email client or contacting your email provider. And Voila! Your emails address is closer to become spam-free.


Option 3. This one can be considered for Gmail and Outlook accounts owners. A possibility to sign up using mentioned accounts is available while clicking on the “Create account using…” Gmail or Outlook. Also you can use Quick setup here https://spamdrain.com. Either way you will be redirected to the page for verification and confirmation of your account.

Tips and Tricks
If you choose any of the options above you will be automatically signed up for Spamdrain regular plan. You could also consider the Spamdrain+ option while signing up. It will allow you to work with multiple users, set up domain filtering or benefit from personal support. The subscription type can be changed from one to another anytime, so it is up to you to choose.
One more point to mention is our free trial for 14 days for both types of subscriptions. Just give Spamster a chance to show you how better life is without spam :)

As you can see, the signup process is easy for everyone. Furthermore, if there are any questions about the process, please feel free to contact our support. We will be happy to help you so you could see the welcome guide from our Spamster

You are welcome to sign up anytime!

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 :)