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FlockUpdate: November 2015

Notes:

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Web Editor Next Month! Weebly will become a new tool from FlockHosting!
  • Email Rejections being dealt with! If you are having problems please contact me!
  • Church Hosting – Thank you for your donations!
  • Church Hosting – We don’t have limits! Church Hosting site being revamped to ensure folks understand it’s meant to be a blessing!
  • New Changes coming to FlockHosting for 2016!
  • No more founders club! But discount membership option coming soon!
  • Promo’s coming in December!

2015: State of Spam

spamSpam is a thorn in everyone’s side lately, even a long time customer of FlockHosting recently changed her email to have a auto-response of:

Because of excessive SPAM, I no longer monitor this email account. If you need to reach me, please call me at:

Oi! This shouldn’t be happening, but every system we’ve used thus far has failed many users, for some the ASSP script was too intense, while yes spam was pretty much non-existent, so was some of their legitimate emails, and it wasn’t always easy to get it out of the lock-up, and a few users had so much spam, it used up all of their storage! Filtering was good, but too many folks had issue.

I’ve also tried to get MailCleaner going which has done a LOT and as I posted last Thursday to Facebook and Twitter  there were two systems I was monitoring which was helping spam, the latest kid on the block is called MagicSpam (no it’s not providing you magical spam, it’s magically removing it.) – It’s a small investment to try and eliminate spam, already with one server (Grace) it’s knocking down a TON of spam since it’s deployment on New Years Eve I’m seeing about 2,847 pieces of spam blocked on average per day! Wow!

Now the big balance I’ve been trying to work on is a balance of filtering as well as user control, and this new setup is doing a pretty decent job, where it falls short SpamAssassin jumps in to help the last leg!  So hopefully this new configuration if by the start of February has been doing awesome, I may slowly decommission Cleaner, and simply opt for MagicSpam as a new standard on the fleet.

How’s your spam lately? Seeing more or less? Need help? Remember I’m but a email away! Get in touch with me today and let’s see how I can help you eliminate spam!

Spam Filters

Over the next few days a few blacklists will be adjusted in the anti-spam solution recently deployed – at least one of the lists has made it to where to get “unlisted” its $50 – and they have no record of why you were blocked in the first place – so very shady, and no matter how useful their blacklist might be, if folks can’t send or receive email due to that list, that’s no good.

I will point out that the BlackLists are still just a stop-gap measure to really hold out until I can find favorable pricing on spam filtering, so stay tuned for more information!

The Spam Battle

Many folks are reporting a flux in how much spam email they get on average, and I can safely say “I know what you mean!” – the spam filter included on all accounts SpamAssassin is a great tool, but like most tools that battle spam, it can’t always be 100% – and most tools simply look to battle and reduce spam, aiming for that 100%, but sometimes falling much, much shorter in performance.

One of the older filters that was originally offered as a Add-on (still is, will be removed soon) still does filtering for some business customers, and even the tracking on that tends to bounce around, 93% is the average over a week, 93% of all email that comes in is spam. A scary thought – but bear in mind even though it has effectively blocked 93% that still means resources were used, the email still came in, the email was processed, and in some cases with a spam box, it is or did take up disk space.

So thus the new options in the works as mentioned in the newsletter, a commercial proxy based filter helps greatly, it receives the mail first, and what’s GOOD comes thru, so instead of being processed locally, it remotely gets filtered, scanned, and if good delivered to your inbox – and that in the end is what I am shooting for, a solution that is ultra-affordable, as well as accurate, providing all customers clean email at hopefully a simple “yearly” price, so one time a year you pay, and you get 365 days of protection on your email.

Another option in the works at least until enough desire for a paid service or a lower price is found, it is a new filtering system that will live on the servers, as usual I’ll be putting this thru its paces on a test server before even considering placing it on a live server, so hopefully 2-3 weeks, if not sooner if all goes well – but I’ll keep you all posted with more updates as I have them!