Re: BLOOMBA ANTI-SPAM TOOL
- On 14 Sep 2003 Judith wrote:
> This morning on CTV, there was a report based on Consumer Reports thatThe CR review is actually for SAProxy from Stata Labs, who also have a
> indicated www.bloomba.com had the best-rated anti-spam software.
separate e-mail client program Boomba. The URL on the CR rating page
"boomba.com" is for Boomba. I have copied some information about Boomba
from their site at the end of this e-mail. SAProxy is a Windows
implementation of the SpamAssassin spam filter. You can read about
SAProxy, like some other spam filters, tags each e-mail considered spam
after downloading it and before passing it on to to your e-mail reader..
You have to use the filters (rules) of your e-mail program to delete the
spam. SpamAssassin performs a large number of tests, including heuristic
tests and an optional naive-Bayesian-style classifier. See the list at:
I have some concern that all these tests would cause a noticable slowdown
of retrieving e-mail compared to some other spam classifiers, although
they might explain the good rating by CR. I note that all the reviewed
add on programs are commercial offerings, although SAProxy is free at
present as is the current beta version of Boomba.
> Two others were mentioned - including one that eliminated 20% of GOODBoomba appears to have extensive filtering and search capabilities for
> email in their tests!
> Anyone have any experience with it? See my pro/con comments regarding my
> present tools & what would concern me most about a possible move to a
> bloomba product.
users who need more or better features than Outlook or OE, but there are
many other e-mail clients available.
> MailWasher:Mailwasher has had a lot of good reviews and reports. One of its strong
> * I'm presently using MailWasher in conjunction with Outlook. Good thing
> about it is that it "learns" which e-mail addresses (or generic addresses
> such as *.earthlink) are my "friends" and which are blacklisted or
> * it checks my e-mail WHILE on the server, so if I delete/bounce a
> message, that happens before it ever reaches my hard drive. After using
> it for about 4-5 months, I've not had ONE virus attempt on my hard drive.
points, especially for dial-up e-mail users, is its ability to delete
suspected spam before downloading all e-mails.
> Ineffective in some ways:Spammers either use fake source addresses or never read the replies.
> * Despite the fact that blacklisted addresses apparently are sent back a
> 'bounce' message, I continue to get a lot of mail from those sources. So,
> I don't think it's as effective as I'd like it to be.
Sending messages will often generate an invalid address response from
some ISP, both just contributing to bandwidth overload on the net. I have
given up trying to stop spam ( I used to use SpamCop for reporting spam)
but now just detect and delete it.
> * retrieving e-mail is a two step process; first reviewing the arrivingI have tried MailWasher and still have it on my system. My e-mail program
> messages on the server using MailWasher, second receiving them in Outlook
(Pegasus) allows me to selectively delete and download e-mail on the
server if I wish, although it does not support generating bounce e-mails.
The current Pegasus version has extensive built-in POP3 (on server) and
content filtering as well as regular filtering, so I do not have any need
for MailWasher. (I use POPFile and AVG with Pegasus regular filters and
they catch over 98% of spam.)
> Possible Concerns about the Bloomba product:You are correct about having to download all your e-mail messages for
> * I'd need to download the good/bad to my hard drive before it reviews the
> messages (it seems to replace Outlook as the e-mail application)
SAProxy to classify it. You could use SAProxy with Outlook if you want to
try a different spam classifier. However I would recommend POPFile or K9.
> * I worry that it might only work well with spam (and ignore the virusYou should certainly have both an anti virus program and a spam
> blocking aspect)
classifier working, as well as a firewall. A good chaining of these
programs would be:
Of course your can use your regular AV program and e-mail client in the
Hope this helps all in the battle against spam.
Extracted from bloomba_datasheet.pdf
Available for public download today at www.bloomba.com, Bloomba is
compatible with PCs using Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows
® XP. Bloomba can be used as an indexer alongside any other email
client configured for POP3, or perform as the default email client,
importing email messages directly from Microsoft ® Outlook ®, Eudora®
About Stata Labs
Stata Labs, Inc., is a personal computing software company
developing products that will significantly improve personal
productivity and interpersonal communications. The first product
from Stata Labs, Bloomba, is creating an entirely new email
experience, based on a powerful, user-centric personal content
database. With inspired business managers and engineers, Stata
Labs will continue creating and marketing a family of products
that organize, manage, and retrieve digital information and
content. Stata Labs is a privately held company funded by
prominent angel investors.