Cloudmark SpamNet Banks on Users

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-09-09 Print this article Print

Cloudmark Inc.'s approach to blocking spam relies on its entire user base.

Cloudmark Inc.s approach to blocking spam relies on its entire user base. The companys Cloudmark SpamNet plug-in adds a small tool bar to Microsoft Corp.s Outlook that includes a button users can click to identify a selected e-mail message as spam. A message signature is then added to Cloudmarks spam database, and other users in the softwares almost-50,000-strong user base will have that message routed directly to their spam folders.
The plug-in is currently in a no-cost, open beta program and requires Outlook 2000 or Outlook XP (either with or without Microsoft Exchange). Its performing well for eWEEK Labs so far in tests and can be downloaded at

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    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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