Qurb 2.1 Requires a Close Eye

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-06-21 Print this article Print

The latest edition of Qurb's namesake anti-spam system is easy to set up, but it sometimes tags legitimate messages as suspect.

Qurb 2.1, the latest edition of Qurbs namesake anti-spam system, integrates directly with Microsofts Outlook and Outlook Express. This integration makes the product a decent second line of defense for corporate users who dont get a lot of mail from new people.

eWEEK Labs looked at the first release of Qurb a year ago, which is just about forever in spam years. The new version builds on Qurbs easy installation and foolproof integration with Microsofts e-mail client.

Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of several desktop anti-spam tools, including Qurb 2.0.
However, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Although it was simple for me to start blocking spam with Qurb, I also found that the product needed a lot of tender loving care from me to make sure good mail was getting to my in-box. I had to frequently unblock mail from new senders that was filtered by Qurb because the sender wasnt on my "allow" list.

I get a lot of unsolicited e-mail in the course of my job as a reviewer. For someone like me—or anyone who routinely gets "good" e-mail from new senders on a frequent basis—using Qurb means frequently checking the Qurb quarantine folder.

Its not that difficult to check the Qurb folder, and, believe me, I love having most of the spam that makes it past the anti-spam filter at the perimeter of our e-mail system immediately sent to the hole. Its just that I dont like having to check every hour or so for mail that I really do want to read.

Once a sender is put on the "allow" list, mail gets through without a hitch.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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