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Gmail Spam Filter Testing

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the send-the-mail-in dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "What can you do with 1000MB of e-mail space on your Gmail account? One guy, by the name of Aaron Pratt ( prattboy@gmail.com ), has decided to test the spam filters of Google's Gmail service by having his Gmail account blasted with every kind of spam imaginable. He is testing to see how well Gmail's spam filters can sort out the spam from legitamate email (yes, he does get personal emails from people). As of May 25th, he was at about 30% of his Gmail account's 1GB capacity. You can track his progress on his website, http://gmail.prattboy.net (Google cache of this site: cache: gmail.prattboy.net). Here is also an article talking about Aaron's efforts from webpronews.com"

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first spam? (5, Funny)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419761)

psh.. i've done this to my friends before.. they didn't need to make a website to ask for it...

Re:first spam? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9420126)

Oh, I didn't know that was you who passed my address along so I could b uy che.ap v1agra! Thanks! Those pi1ls made my p.e..ni.s gr0w 3-5 lnches! It was really very thoughtful of you, Mike.

The Filter is great! (5, Funny)

umrgregg (192838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419770)

Apparently, Google's spam filter even filters messages that aren't there. From the website:
3778 messages were received, totaling 213 MB.

3917 were spam, and Gmail correctly identified 41.9% of these messages.
Fantastic

pre-emptive strike theory (1)

muyuubyou (621373) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419822)

cometh to Google

Re:pre-emptive strike theory (4, Funny)

umrgregg (192838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419960)

Right! My only idea is that Google's technology is so advanced, it filters messages before they are even sent. It's gotta be a result of faster-than-light calculations. Boy, I'm gonna buy me some stock.

Re:The Filter is great! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419992)

No, thats just a classic threaded code bug:

They just forgot the mutex surrounding the two snprintfs... so this user probably got 139 messages in the time it takes to execute snprintf, all spam.

Which is.... about right.

Re:The Filter is great! (5, Informative)

aismail3 (735831) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420018)

When I add up the figures from May 13 to 19, I get that 4869 messages were received. 4717 of those were spam, and 1820 were marked, so Gmail's success rate was 38.6%.

One of the best things Google/GMail could do (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419781)

Is use the GMail data to operate a checksum blacklist. Obviously, if thousands (or millions) of their users are getting the exact same email, it's probably spam.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419807)

That is an extremely obvious solution that I doubt they have thought of. I applaud the innovative thought.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (4, Informative)

kryptkpr (180196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419854)

Spammers have thought of this already, and they send nearly-identical messages.. Ever notice the random strings of letters and/or numbers at the bottom/in the subjects of spams?

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (5, Funny)

lockefire (691775) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419871)

Actually, I get a whole lot of emails with the random words and nothing else. I haven't quite caught on to the advertising strategy in that.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (5, Interesting)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419928)

I've been getting them as well.
The only reason I could think of someone sending those around is to bog up Bayesian filters with random crap, possibly lowering their effectiveness.

Any spammmers/spam-experts feel like enlightening us? :)

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (3, Interesting)

Xzzy (111297) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420158)

My server was set up to forward anything sent to one of my domains to get dumped into a common inbox. I noticed a ways back (before I changed my config to just bounce all this crap) that I'd get a lot of those dictionary emails to random email accounts.

So either it's some kind of probe to find working addresses, or a filter clogger. Or maybe both.

For a few of the random emails I would later start getting "real" spam. Not a majority though.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (1, Offtopic)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419936)

Try turning Javascript on, then you'll see what it's all about. (don't)

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (0)

FauxPasIII (75900) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419943)

Watch the film Josie and the Pussycats [imdb.com] . It does a pretty good job explaining this phenomenon.

Argh, I want a Big Mac !

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (1)

jefe7777 (411081) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419976)

>>Actually, I get a whole lot of emails with the random words and nothing else.

and when they don't get a bounce from you, what do you think that tells them?

"valid email address found boys...saddle up!"

and then your address goes on those CDs that are sold to everyone and their dog.

enjoy.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (1)

pqdave (470411) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420082)

You think they bother? That would require having either a valid return address or a legitimate account on the outgoing mail server. It's cheaper to just send mail to everyone--Just because there is nobody using an address now doesn't mean that there won't be next week.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (2, Informative)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420060)

It's a good thing you're not using Outlook. :)

I get those in Eudora and they don't seem to do much, my friends with Outlook however... not so lucky. :)

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419930)

Anti-Spammers have thought of this, too. Things like the Distributed Checksum Clearinghouses [rhyolite.com] have "fuzzy" matching.

Google also has enough computer power to generate some sort of Bayesian filter to catch the most common spam system wide, and even a personalized filter on each account to catch the rest.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (0, Redundant)

Adhemar (679794) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419891)

Is use the GMail data to operate a checksum blacklist. Obviously, if thousands (or millions) of their users are getting the exact same email, it's probably spam.

Have you read a spam message recently?

Most of the spam messages in my inbox/spam folder tend to have strange xqwv words or rather ackward interpunction { in them; These anomalies change from message to message, even if the the rest of the contents is the same. The whole point is to circumvent checksum-based blacklists.

Google has some pretty bright minds aboard, and a potentially a huge lot of email to use as corpus. I strongly believe that Google/GMail is capable of implementing a rather good email filter. But it will be a bit more complex than the solution you suggest.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420001)

Google has some pretty bright minds aboard

Yes they do, this is just one of the articles discussing this, here. [nytimes.com]

They have a much higher ratio of PhDs than Microsoft, or just about anyone short of a hospital. They also give their employees the freedom of spending 20% of their time working on any unrelated subject they choose, appearantly in the hopes that the outcome of this research will benefit Google, or at least will make the better PhD's with more than one iron in the fire, WANT to work for them.

Spam is always personalized (4, Informative)

Sulka (4250) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419902)

Checksums are nearly useless against spam. It only takes one byte to change the checksum value and probably more than 90% of spam contain a personalization code to check which addresses are functional. Different code = different checksum.

This doesn't mean it wouldn't be possible to create a system which would automatically detect individual spam messages based on tagging known spam, you just have to be smarter about the detection than just plain MD5ing the email body.

Re:Spam is always personalized (2, Interesting)

GlassUser (190787) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420120)

gzip it and compare the files. a short tracking code will make a negligible difference.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (1)

sugar and acid (88555) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419944)

Except for the many different legit mailing lists that people subscribe to. Any kind of bulk email will be screened by this, thus crippling gmail by preventing mailing lists that people subscribe to from being delivered.

Re:One of the best things Google/GMail could do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9420015)

It's called whitelisting.

*cough* (1)

HedonismBot (742920) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420111)

...or a mailing list.

Filter Spam? (-1)

jamie812 (720355) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419790)

Why would you want to do that? Spam is good for you and supports a legitimate business purpose. Doesn't it? :-p

He gave out his e-mail address... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419791)

... to the entire Slashdot community! Now he's going to be flooded with all sorts of spam and shit. LOL!

Oh... right. :)

Re:He gave out his e-mail address... (4, Funny)

umrgregg (192838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419984)

Notice the reader who submitted the story was anonymous... Gotta love friends who sign you up for spam.

Re:He gave out his e-mail address... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419990)

All you need to do is to have a good spam filter. Try eat this : stefan.andersson@travelservice.se

whining? (5, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419796)

What's Google going to do to protect its users from mail bombs?

Now you're complaining that your free, 1GB-limit, access-from-anywhere email service could be mailbombed? Live with it. If Google "decides" anything more about our emails, we put on our tinfoil hats and scream. If we broadcast a bogus email address, obtained from gmail for clearly sinister purposes, and it gets mailbombed, we whine that Google doesn't "protect" us. Whats the story, or are we all just schizophrenic?

Don't want that "vulnerability"? Don't use Gmail!

Re:whining? (5, Insightful)

supersnail (106701) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419877)

I don't think its about protection just practicality. Google offers a SPAM filter the littel pratt tested it and found it wanting.

I think its more of a problem for Google than the end users. The whole Gmail "get a gigiabyte of memeory free" business model is predicated on most people using only a small fraction of that Gigibayte but felling good about the capacity being there. If I open up a gmail account, get p*ss*d of with the spam and go elsewhere without closing the account the 1G will fill up with spam in a couple of months, Google will end up storing terabytes of spam for cutomers who no longer use the service.

Re:whining? (2)

ovlaski (73485) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420109)

So what? If they have terabytes and terabytes of spam, they have a huge database to teach their filters with.

Re:whining? (5, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419956)

Now you're complaining...

That is his JOB, to point out shortcomings of the system. He is a tester, and he is doing it for FREE. Google doesn't want testers who get 3 emails a day, they want people to test the living shit out of the service and point out what is wrong with it. Everyone knows Google will try to fix all the bugs, so all the press, good or bad, is still good press.

If Google barfs when handling 999 messages in 4 minutes during testing, image when several million people have gmail accounts. Fortunately, now Google has an even to look at to see what the problem is. When you are trying to harden a system, YOU MUST BREAK IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, to see where it is weak. This is what is happening.

My impression is that the tech's at Google are spending a significant amount of time saying "oh shit, never thought of that, cool." which is the ENTIRE REASON FOR TESTING. They can't think of every situation by themselves. This is also the entire concept behind "open software is more secure". Google's gmail is going to have bugs at this stage and lots of them, period. Google knows this, hell, everyone knows this (this is why its in testing, and not open to the public yet, duh)

It not whinning, its stating the facts, which Goggle obviously WANTS him to gather, as a TESTER. Seems to me that he is going beyond the call of duty to test their servers, since he is spending a fair amount of his own time.

Re:whining? (1)

GeorgeH (5469) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420100)

"Whats the story, or are we all just schizophrenic?"

Yeah, we all have multiple personality disorder. Luckily we also have multiple bodies, so we dole these personalities at around 1 per body.

You're complaining about the lack of consistant thought from a crowd of random web surfers...

If this guy has used 30% of his capacity... (3, Insightful)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419798)

...how many e-mails has he recieved in total? I've kept spam for six months before and it totaled less than 100MB...and I get a cubic buttload of crap daily.

Re:If this guy has used 30% of his capacity... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9420010)

Is a "buttload" a measure of length, such that a "cubic buttload" would be a measure of volume?

Re:If this guy has used 30% of his capacity... (0, Offtopic)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420121)

Good point. Since spam does not, indeed, have volume but is two-dimensional, I should've merely said "buttload".

Furry porn is on teh spoke!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419801)

comments plz kthx [bayou.com]

Re:Furry porn is on teh spoke!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419820)

more lol [bayou.com]

gmail still beta (2, Insightful)

ryen (684684) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419803)

isn't gmail still in 'beta' stages? if so, isn't a review of spam filtering techniques a little premature?

Re:gmail still beta (5, Funny)

waddgodd (34934) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419835)

>isn't gmail still in 'beta' stages? if so, isn't a review of
>spam filtering techniques a little premature?

What part of Beta TEST escapes you here?

Re:gmail still beta (1)

ryen (684684) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419938)

well.. is Google actually monitoring his account's spam filtering abilities? The gmail service may still be in beta, but from the article:
"He wants to know a)how long it takes to fill up a gig of space and b)how well Gmail's spam filters work."
it looks like this guy is on his own. and therefore any critical public review this early probably wouldn't be in google's best interest (but i think they'll have no problem getting people to sign up anyways). it would be good if he can report his 'official findings' to google to help with their filtering techniques.

Re:gmail still beta (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419904)

Testing occurs at all points through the process. This raw data needs to be "processed" & "reviewed" so that viable results can be determined. Once people have these results, they can try and come up with fixes for it.
The fact that this guy posted, on hise website, for the net-world to see is just his way of giving the net-world an update. On a personal note, I think it was nice of him to do such. Especially since he will have to kill that e-mail account after giving it to /. people, who I am sure are running to the best and brightest spam servers and submitting his name ;)

Not a fair test (5, Insightful)

SWroclawski (95770) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419813)

He's not counting all the mail that Google is rejecting and not even being allowed in for further classification.

Should be interesting, what filters? (4, Interesting)

Clinoti (696723) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419816)

Can anyone provide a link or source to the kind of filters google has working on gmail?

I'll help (5, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419818)

Let's all send him an email and ask him how it's working out.

News... (4, Funny)

somethinghollow (530478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419821)

"Here is also an article talking about Aaron's efforts from webpronews.com""

Since we are talking about spam and obtaining more spam, I don't know if I should read the site the article is on as "web pro news dot com" or "web pron ews dot com"...

I guess I'll figure it out sometime.

Welcome to slashdot.. (1, Redundant)

Fullmetal Edward (720590) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419826)

And now he'll have every troll and curious person here sending him spam to.

Not that impressive (4, Informative)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419829)

Seems like Gmail only filters approx. 50% of spam. That is not very impressive, since the top anti-spam software and e-mail clients (such as Outlook 2003 and Mozilla Thunderbird) can easily reach 95% accuracy in spam filtering.

I am starting to second guess whether I should transfer everything to my Gmail account.

Re:Not that impressive (5, Insightful)

Apiakun (589521) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419851)

Don't forget that this is google's first foray into mail software, and it is still in beta. I have so far gotten very little spam in my gmail inbox.

Re:Not that impressive (4, Funny)

peeping_Thomist (66678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419931)

I have so far gotten very little spam in my gmail inbox.

What was that address again?

Re:Not that impressive (2, Informative)

Kredal (566494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419964)

tikora@gmail.com, I think.

Mine is kredal@gmail.com, if you're interested. (:

Re:Not that impressive (1)

Apiakun (589521) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420124)

Yes, as Kredel said below, it is tikora@gmail.com. Bombs away.

now you will... (1)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420083)

tikora@gmail.com
haha...

Re:Not that impressive (4, Informative)

XO (250276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419879)

Sure, but those will also mark virtually every legitimate email as spam, as WELL. Yeah, you can have 95% accuracy... but then you have to go through your hundreds of messages marked spam just to find your real email!

(example, after two weeks of using spam-assassin, it decided that every e-mail sent to me was spam.. i no longer received anything in my Inbox, everything was transferred to the Spambox. It took me another two weeks tweaking spam-assassin's kill rate down to about a 50% accuracy, and now i actually receive all my emails.)

Re:Not that impressive (1)

blueskies (525815) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419929)

sounds like a PEBCAK error.

Re:Not that impressive (1)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420034)

or PICNIC (Problem in Chair, Not in Computer)

Re:Not that impressive (1)

javatips (66293) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419998)

I'm using a mail service that has SpamAssasin (mailsnare.net). I configured my account so that SpamAssasin mark messages, but I did not create any filters to delete them of move them to a Spam folder.

Lately, I've received legitimate e-mail from someone else with a Yahoo Mail account. Spam Assassin mark them as Spam.

However, my mail client, Mozilla Firebird, does not mark them as Spam... So it stay in my Inbox (even if it contain the Spam Assasin Header and modified title).

Actually, the Firebird Spam filter accuracy is very close to 100% with zero false positive.

Way to go for client-side spam filtering!

Re:Not that impressive (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420006)

There are other multiplataform solutions (i.e. popfile, that can easily be "plugged" in both, but there are a lot more available choices) that have over 99% accuracy, but active training one of the biggest components of their success (every time a message is misclassified, correct their choice). I hope gmail will have far better spam detection ratio when out of beta and well managed by the user.

On the contrary... (1)

radd0 (558899) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420031)

I've found GMail's filtering to be highly effective so far. I haven't received a single message yet.

No, but seriously... I've used my gmail account for posting on Usenet newsgroups even and initially there was minor training to be done with the SPAM filter, and ever since then I have had to see a single UCE.

There's Epic Imagery Here Somewhere (0, Offtopic)

FearTheFrail (666535) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419839)

Of fighting the good fight...something parallel to that of a penguin, and a gun, and millions of tiny little Windows logos charging forth...

Re:There's Epic Imagery Here Somewhere (1)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420013)

A digital Thermopylae.

Should gmail be filtering all emails (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419847)

If I understand what he was talking about on his site, what he cansiders as spam partialy legitimate mailing lists and are not realy spam even if he did not personally sign up for them. IE (Me signing him up for the gay porn of the month club.) He may not want it but, I signed him up.

I just want.... (2, Funny)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419855)

to be able to reserve a name without numbers attached to it.... Damn it's going to be a race :(

Re:I just want.... (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420105)

You can get one for 5-10bux....

Try EBAY! :) [ebay.com]

What is the big deal? (2, Insightful)

Zugot (17501) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419860)

Mozilla Thunderbird or Spamassassin will filter at least as well or even better. Is this just a test to see how quickly we can fill up gmail's disk?

Is this the AventureMail guy? (5, Interesting)

magefile (776388) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419861)

The guy who got booted off AventureMail (2GB free) for trying to test their spam filters? The story is on Kuro5hin [kuro5hin.org] , if anyone wants to see it.

False positives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419886)

I wonder, if any, how many messages marked as spam were false positives?

My own gmail testing (5, Informative)

Twid (67847) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419889)

I did some testing of my own. I forwarded a ton of spam from my personal account to my gmail account, just to see what would get through and what would be filtered. For me, gmail was really effective, but strangely, one Nigerian e-mail scam mail didn't get tagged.

It was from " Mr Jubril Udeh Manager of Credit and Accounts Department of North Atlantic Securities Sarls Lome-Togo Republic."

Now, the funny part is not that the mail made it through, but that google also decided to show me contextual ad's on that account. Currently, the ads are:
- Payroll Cards a Poor Substitute for Checking Account
- Tips for Tackling Check Fraud
- Sophos hoax description: Ethiopian airline letter
- FAP non-US Investment FAQs

In the past the mail has also shown me ads on how to open an off-shore bank account. I'm glad google is willing to help me with the $10.5 million dollars that I'm about to receive! :)

Wow! Lot o' spam. (2, Interesting)

justkarl (775856) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419911)

As of May 25th, he was at about 30% of his Gmail account's 1GB capacity

30% * 1000MB= 300MB of spam? I don't think I've got half of that in my life. Maybe 100MB of spam lifetime.
SO, let's do more math. Avg. spam message=5kb. Therefore, 5kb/300MB(by 300*1024)=61440 messages? Am I right? That is a whole bunch!

Re:Wow! Lot o' spam. (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419946)

Sorry, I didn't RTFA. I got excited with the math. Next time, I won't be so adventurous with my multiplication.

Hmmm.. weird stats... (2, Interesting)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419958)

Hmm.. well let's see...

His last week stats are:

3778 messages were received, totaling 213 MB. 3917 were spam, and Gmail correctly identified 41.9% of these messages.

Something is off... Unless his spams contain attachments, this says that each of his emails were 17 MB in size each.

I mean 17.73708.. This is /. afterall. :)

Re:Hmmm.. weird stats... (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420019)

3778 messages were received, totaling 213 MB. 3917 were spam
Did you get that right? How can 3917 out of a possible 3778 be spam?

Re:Hmmm.. weird stats... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9420179)

As I said... his stats are off. :)

Re:Hmmm.. weird stats... (4, Informative)

Satai (111172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420092)

no, you inversed it. You want MB/message, not message/MB.

3778 messages / 213 MB = 17.37 messages / MB
213 MB / 3778 messages = 0.0564 MB / message

So that's pretty reasonable.

Re:Hmmm.. weird stats... (1)

bluebagger (786696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420122)

The problem is between the chair and the calculator.

__
Dependra cheap web hosting [dependra.com]

About spam and blocking (4, Interesting)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419941)

While we cannot block every domain name (i.e. if you get spam from $#(*$#sexphreak@yahoo.com) because it will alienate your legitimate contacts, there are many domain names that we can block (i.e. @spam-your-gmail.com). Yahoo provides email/domain name blocking, but limits this to 100 (unless you are paying). Do we know if gmail will have this limitation?
-A
*just for those who didn't know, the above domain names and email accounts are random, any resemblence to an actual domain or email account is purely coincidental, and if you choose to do so, you should sue /., not me :)

Re:About spam and blocking (2, Interesting)

OiPolloi (638427) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420113)

Gmail allows you to create any number (at least they don't seem to have any limit) of "filters". These are rules that allow you to manage your messages based on sender, recipient, subject, if the message has an attachment, if it has certain words, etc.

So this allows you to block some domains, if you'd like.

1gb Relieves Spam Concerns (4, Interesting)

osewa77 (603622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419945)

I have subjected my e-mail address, afriguru@gmail.com [mailto] to the same abuse. by redirecting all e-mail addresses that recieve lots of junk mail to this one and posting the address unprotected to lots of websites and newsgroups. At the initial stage, a lot of 419 scam mails got through, but now I hardly get any spam. No false positives for me so far.
_____________________
Seun Osewa, Abeokuta Nigeria [seunosewa.com]

If you get mailbombed... (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419955)

Select "create a filter". Do so with the text of the bomb.

Select all the messages that it displays as able to be included that you've already archived (one click).

Select "Move to trash".

Viola.

with 1GB of storage... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419959)

... who needs spam filters anyway?

Personally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419971)

I've had no issues with my gmail account getting spam. As of right now, I've had it for about a month, with 50 megs of messages sent/recieved, and I've yet to find a single spam message in my inbox.

gmail spelling (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9419977)

>legitamate

How about having Slashdot editors/Hemos test the gmail spell checker too?

I've seen true Evil.. (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419978)

And It's a Gmail account filled with spam.... ....God help us!

This won't work for me... (2, Funny)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419979)

This won't work for me, how will I get emails like:
  • Home loans and refinancing
  • Proven techniques help you find a date tonight - guaranteed!
  • suuuper streeeeeeetch your coock
  • Drive that new car today
  • Give the girl what she needs
  • STRAIGHT TALK ON HAIR TRANSPLANTS
  • SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT: Rise N Shine, there all here
  • Your Degree by Fedex shipped
  • Make your man hood work right
  • Rooooock Haaaaard Ereeeectiooons In 60 Seeeeeecooooooonds
  • Sexually Explicit: At home mom's nude on cams
  • Free Phone Free Shipping Easy Qualify
  • get the p .e. nis si. ze she wants
  • Clearance on 6 MegaPixel DigiCamera
  • FWD: Ciialiss quazy DISCOUNTS - this is better then viagra, $2.0
** NOTICE: all subjects taken from my Yahoo email acct, from emails recieved this weekend. now you see why I run my own mailserver at home? **

CB

THAT'S NOT THE AARON PRATT YOU'RE THINKING OF!!! (0, Offtopic)

DP (11614) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419981)

i mean, not that's not obvious.... testing the spam whatever capacities of gmail? talk about lame...

but yeah, if you're thinking, woah, i know that kid. you know, the crazy punk guy who always went on about tard factories... well, that's not him.

just so you know.

some useful metrics (1)

underbider (63054) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419983)


some body please tell him to report PR scores instead of Accuracy!!!!


and is that his girlfriend in the background?

help! (-1, Offtopic)

curator_thew (778098) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419985)


I need free beta testers for my commercial products as well: does anyone have this guy's number?

Re:help! (1)

timbos (710908) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420154)

Sure, it's:
prattboy@gmail.com [mailto]

How is he compiling stats? (2, Interesting)

HellKnite (266374) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419991)

Anyone know how he's pulling the numbers off the page? Is there some kind of sneaky back-end that we can get stats about our account with? Is he manually entering all this info? Or maybe some kind of "screen-scraping" techniques to pull the data off the page... hmm...

I guess because his stats are about 2-3 weeks behind, it would indicate that things are leaning towards the manual procedure...

0% Spam (5, Interesting)

yuri (22724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9419995)

Spam is unsolicited, so google should filter none of his mail.

This guy solicited it.

how about... (1)

moondo (177508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420007)

i wonder how it deals with spam from other countries... say, korean / chinese spam?

If he wanted spam ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9420024)

he should have opened a ufie.org e-mail free mail account.

Filtering could use some help (2, Funny)

csimpkins (787236) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420044)

This guy gets thousands of Spam mails without a problem, yet I can't receive a simple HTML attachment without the mail being rejected (552 Illegal Attachment). Hrmm...

Lack of updates? (5, Interesting)

Xiadix (159305) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420057)

Did anybody else notice that his site hasn't been updated in almost a month (May 25)? Seems his project is no longer working. I wonder if Google booted him.

KevG

moj3 up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9420072)

It's going to get a lot better... (4, Interesting)

waytoomuchcoffee (263275) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420087)

For those of you that don't have Gmail yet, there is a little "Report Spam" button you can use to, well, report spam. When Gmail gets a few million users, and even 1% use this little button, you are going to see the spam detect rate skyrocket.

Offtopic, sorry (1)

natefanaro (304646) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420138)

Has anyone gotten gmail to work in konqueror. I can get the login but nothing else. I just don't understand why they don't make it compatible. If it works in Safari for OS X then shouldn't it also work in Konqueror?

I just got an invite code and they only allow Konqueror at work. Any attempt at installing a different browser will be noticed (the admins are power crazy) and the resulting beating won't be worth it.

How to never get spam (1)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 10 years ago | (#9420153)

Don't let your email address appear in a public forum of any kind that is or can be crawled. I have employed this technique and can say with a straight face that in six months I have not received ONE piece of spam.
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