Qurb Dumps Junk Mail

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-02-28 Print this article Print

Enough spam makes it through the corporate e-mail filter that I still use a desktop junk-mail blocker on my PC.

Enough spam makes it through the corporate e-mail filter that I still use a desktop junk-mail blocker on my PC. Lately, Ive been using Version 3.0 of Qurbs namesake product. Qurb 3.0, which became available in February, costs $29.95 for an individual copy, and volume discounts are available. (If you want anti-spam capabilities plus rapid e-mail search, you can get a 14-day Qurb 3.0 evaluation.)

I think Qurb 3.0 is well worth considering for departmental deployments where additional anti-spam protection is needed—but not for the reasons a spam-blocking tool normally gets used.

Qurbs search abilities are what really caught my eye. I was able to easily search my entire collection of e-mail in a split second.

In addition, I had only to enter part of a phone number from my caller ID; Qurb had all the e-mail from that person at my fingertips before I could say "Hello."

Qurb 3.0s e-mail search utility is similar to Lookout, Microsofts speedy search utility for Outlook. In fact, I encourage anyone who uses e-mail as a virtual file cabinet to evaluate Lookout. However, Qurbs search utility does Lookout one better by continuously re-indexing messages so that search results are always up-to-date.

The biggest problem with Qurb is that it requires users to sort through quarantined messages—Qurb depends on an allowed list of senders along with some basic sender authentication, which inbound mail must pass to make it to the in-box. Much of my e-mail comes from people who have never written to me before, so a lot of it ends up in quarantine.

To be fair, most other anti-spam tools—terrified of causing a false positive—allow all sorts of junk mail through and depend on users to delete junk out of the in-box. Qurbs method isnt that tedious, and the product provides frequent reminders to check the quarantine file. Qurb also makes it quite easy to resurrect messages.

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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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