Jul 16 2007
I use Gmail as my central email repository and usually the spam filters they use are pretty good. But lately they’ve been a little overly aggressive, so I have to comb through to make sure no legitimate email is being caught accidentally. There’s not a lot that’s misidentified, but there’s enough to make it worth the few minutes a day it takes to double-check the spam folder.
I’ve been amazed at some of the subject lines I see, as well as what I see in the preview of the email. There’s no way I’m going to click on any of them to find out what else is in the spam, because it’s just not worth the risk. But I do have to say that my favorite subject line so far is “Thanks for contributing to our financial success”. It’s honest and straight forward even if it is just an attempt to rip off people around the globe.
On a side note, I used to clean out my spam folder every couple of days, but in March I started letting them accumulate and get deleted automatically when they’ve aged 30 days. It’s been interesting watching the number of spams spike and drop. At one point I had gathered nearly 9000 spams in a 30 day period, which works out to an average of 300 spams a day. Personally, that means about 60% of my email is spam, a far lower percentage of spam than most people see. I guess being subscribed to ten or so mailing lists had to have some benefit.
Mine is just a single data point, compared to the millions some anti-spam vendors get to see. But I like having a personal high water mark to compare to what the vendors are reporting. I’m not a spam expert, so it’s interesting to see new spam subjects that companies like F-secure report. Anyone else out there keep track of the spam they receive for fun?