cppgenius Posted March 22, 2008 Share Posted March 22, 2008 I've been testing the spam filter of a specific security suite an noticed that it did not filter any spam e-mails downloaded from my GMail account, but is very good at filtering e-mails downloaded from my Yahoo account. I also noticed the same thing happening with the Thunderbird spam filter. The only reason I can think of is the SSL encryption making it impossible for the spam filter to read the contents of the e-mail, so the spam filter is therefore unable to analyse the e-mail. What I don't understand is why the filter tries to analyse the e-mail during a secure session, why not apply the filtering once the e-mail has been downloaded and delivered, you have to download the e-mail anyway. Stand-alone spam filters are sold to the public, security suites include spam filters, which you have to pay for when you buy the security suite, but they are useless if you are using GMail (or any other e-mail service that requires SSL encryption). Software security companies never warn their customers about this, so they basically sell them useless software and the user thinks he/she has a great spam filter. Some people don't even realise the spam filter can't work, they only think the spammers got better at bypassing the filter, they are under the false impression that further training will solve the problem. Lets don't argue about it, some of these spam filters are quite good, but they are useless if they can't analyse the e-mails, it's like waging war with the best and most deadly guns in the world, but your army is blind. Is there anyone who shares this view, or is there something I'm missing here? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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