AVG, Computer Associates,
Trend Micro and Symantec are softwares you buy and put on your PC to
protect you from Viruses and Spam.
eMail suspected of being Spam
goes into your Spam Folder, if it's not Spam maybe you fish it out and add
it to your Safe Sender List. Some Spam makes it to your Inbox, and maybe
you delete it and are done, maybe you add it to a Blocked List.
Most people spend a lot more
time fishing eMail out of the Spam Folder than they do deleting what gets
through. That's a pretty good argument for lightening up a little at the
That's pretty much all
you see on the surface. Let's take a trip into the internet to see how
it blocks Spam with SpamAssassin.
Above the surface are paid
for products like Microsoft and Apple, but down there, in the Cloud, it's
all free. Free is looked down upon, up here, but down there, in the Cloud,
it makes the world go around. Please understand, down there, in the world
in the Cloud, eight plus eight equals F*. It also equals 10000**.
Internet Servers run
Apache, on Linux, both free. Websites are created in WordPress, Joomla
or some other free software. Contact Us Pages use FormMail, which is free,
to send eMail. Webmail handlers Horde and Squirrelmail are free.
SpamAssassin, also free, is what fights Spam on the internet, at your Post
Office, before it gets delivered to your PC.
eMail and reports on the probability of it being Spam. eMail has
two parts, the Header, and the Body. The Header has a lot of information
in it that you don't usually see. SpamAssassin reports what it
finds in the Header section. like this;
detection software, running on the system "tunasalad.com", has
incoming email as possible spam. The original message
has been attached to
this so you can view it (if it isn't spam)...
On a scale of one to ten,
ten being highest, SpamAssassin ranked this a 4.4. Someone else determines
the cutoff for what's allowable, SpamAssassin just ranks them. Only a
fraction of the Spam targeting you is delivered to your PC, the majority is
deleted based on SpamAssassin ranking. The question is, like the man said;
"How do it know?".
"knows" by running about 200 tests on each and every
eMail, I can't really list them, especially not the funny ones,
because the SpamAssassin test names would be blocked as Spam by
SpamAssassin. It's one of those "Only we can say that." things.
You can look at all the tests on their website, http://spamassassin.apache.org/tests_3_3_x.html
, where they can say anything. Anyway.
it runs all these tests it takes the results and does some cyphering, and
gozintas, carries a naught, and decides if you've got Spam.
also uses a formula derived from Bayes Theorum to rank the spaminess
of individual words not covered by a test in an eMail. .
the word "Replica", as in "Fake Rolex", to look at the
formula used by SpamAssassin.
formula used by SpamAssassin is:
= (Pr(W/S) * Pr(S)) / (Pr(W/S) * Pr(S) + Pr(W/H) * Pr(H))
Pr(S/W) is the
probability that a message is a spam, knowing that the word
"replica" is in it;
is the overall probability that any given message is spam;
Pr(W/S) is the
probability that the word "replica" appears in spam messages;
the overall probability that any given message is not spam (is
Pr(W/H) is the
probability that the word "replica" appears in ham messages.
Wow, that's really
important to know, I bet.
Bad eMail is Spam, good
eMail is Ham. Why, I don't know, Hawaiians seem to love Spam and have it on
so many menus that I can't imagine it's bad. It lasts forever too, maybe
longer than a Twinkie, without refrigeration. Nancy (not her real
name) and I went to Hawaii in 1999 and I still have a souvenir can of Spam
on my shelf in the office. Anyway.
Wow, that's really
important to know too, I bet.
also consults Razor2. It's kind of a "Who's Who" of known
Like the man says:
"Razor2 establishes a distributed and constantly updating catalogue of
spam in propagation that is consulted by email clients to filter out known
spam. Detection is done with statistical and randomized signatures that
efficiently spot mutating spam content. User input is validated through
reputation assignments based on consensus on report and revoke assertions
which in turn is used for computing confidence values associated with
Wow, that's really
important too, I bet.
Fact of the matter is,
SpamAssassin, invisible hero, does the dirty work for us, for
free, using lots of wonderful toys that we couldn't care less
Eight plus eight may equal sixteen, maybe it equals F, or even
10000, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.