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Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Content Filter Agent

In today’s post, we’re taking a look at the fourth anti-spam agent in Exchange 2013’s army of protections-the Content Filter Agent. This agent is the one that actually looks inside the content of messages to see if they are spammy or not. But it also relies upon other things than just filter lists and key words, so let’s take a close look at how the Content Filter Agent helps protect us from spam.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Content Filter Agent
   

Look Out for These Spam Emails

In law enforcement, the term BOLO is used to warn officers to be on the look out for a suspect or individual who is wanted for one reason or another.

As an email user, there are often times when you should be on the look out for email messages that are known to be malicious. Being able to spot these emails can give you two advantages when it comes to fighting back against spam and phishing. First of all, being able to spot a malicious email message means that you, hopefully, will not be victimized by it. If you know it is a scam then odds are you won’t offer up any information, buy any junk products or download any malicious attachments. The second advantage that you can hope to gain is that should you be able to spot an illicit email, you will be able to notify the right people in your organization. If your anti-spam filter allows for feedback from users, you will help your solution better spot bogus emails in the future. If you notify a person, then they will be able to fine tune your filtering technology and possibly spot a network breach before it become serious.

Look Out for These Spam Emails
   

If you’ve been plagued by spam and you’ve had enough, you’re not alone. Spammers are branching out into campaign-type attacks that utilize multiple platforms to lure in new targets. They’ve been doing it for some time now, but it appears that, just as we hone our skills while we ferret spam out and deposit it in the trash folder, spammers are getting more adept at their craft, and that can’t be a good thing.

Is the Worst Over, or Has it Even Begun?
   

Spammers Exploiting Hollywood Star’s Tragic Death

Just hours after Hollywood star Paul Walker’s tragic and violent death, spammers began exploiting it in spam messages. Walker, 40, died in a car crash in California on November 30th. Hours later, security researchers detected messages with the actor’s name …

Spammers Exploiting Hollywood Star’s Tragic Death
   

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Finally Goes Into Effect-Sort Of

Canada’s anti-spam law is finally going into effect-in about 6 months. The law, first passed in 2004, has faced delay after delay thanks to the efforts of bulk marketing groups, who lobbied furiously against it. The law is scheduled to …

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Finally Goes Into Effect-Sort Of
   

November Spam Roundup

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. There’s a chill in the air, but spam is still red hot. Here’s a look at November’s spam headlines! Is Lawyer Spam an Ethics Violation? http://kevin.lexblog.com/2013/11/26/is-it-unethical-for-a-lawyer-or-someone-on-their-behalf-to-post-spam-blog-comments/ Spamhaus Calls for Fines …

November Spam Roundup
   

If Santa Claus exists (he does) and truly keeps a list of all the naughty little boys and girls (he does), then spammers had better not pout and better watch out this Christmas season. While they aren’t the very worst people in society, spammers are pretty close, and there’s little doubt that after murderers, rapists, child molesters and marketing people, spammers fill out the top of Santa’s list. And as much as the energy producing community would like you to believe that oxymorons like  ‘clean coal’ are a euphemism for responsible environmental practice, coal is indeed a dirty business and spammers appear to be lined up to receive a buttload of the nasty stuff when the jolly old elf makes his rounds near the end of the month.

Spammers Can’t Wait for Christmas, Look to Corner the Coal Market
   

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Sender ID Agent

In today’s post, we’re taking a look at the third anti-spam agent in Exchange 2013’s army of protections-the Sender ID Agent. This agent is one of the best protections Exchange 2013 offers against spoofed email, which is when someone sends a message purporting to be from someone else. That’s a common way to try to get around anti-spam agents by using whitelisted sending addresses or those that are more likely to get through. It’s also a very common attribute of phishing messages, so we really want to make the most of the Sender ID Agent.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Sender ID Agent
   

Spot Spam this Holiday Season

As we approach another holiday season we prepare to spend time with family and friends, and we prepare for another round of holiday shopping. Over the years, online shopping has served as a great way to avoid the holiday crowds at the malls, and a way to stretch shopping budgets with the deluge of money saving offers available from most online retailers. In fact, online shopping for holiday gifts has become so popular that eMarketer predicts a 15.1 percent increase in sales over last year to a tune of $61.8 billion to be spent in the months of November and December alone.

Criminals know all to well that the holiday season is ripe with victims who can be easily manipulated at the sight of an offer or promise too good to be true. So just like retailers prepare for the rush of holiday shoppers, scam artists do as well. To fight back, here are some important tips to help you better identify scams related to the holiday season.

Spot Spam this Holiday Season
   

Spam-Friendly Registar Knocked Offline

A domain registrar that served as a haven for spammers, phishers and other cybercriminals has been shut down by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that basically runs the internet and is responsible for monitoring …

Spam-Friendly Registar Knocked Offline
   

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  • Marcelo on Preventing Internal Email Abuse with Exchange Server 2010 April 8, 2014

    Hi My friend I have Exchange 2010 but the opcion "when the subject field or the message body maches" i dont have with options! can i use other option? thanks

  • Hery on Fanbox Spam Turns Into Costly Scam April 7, 2014

    Thank you very much, your posting helpfull, cause I get this FANBOX today..

  • Harry D. on Anti-Spam Efforts are Working April 1, 2014

    Definitely, any positive news about spam is always welcome. I really don't have a lot of issues with good e-mails ending up in spam because I also check my Junk Mail from time to time, and if it's urgent and they need my reply, they simply call or try to contact me in other means. I think it's also essential that you provide your friends, colleagues, and clients other ways to reach out to you other than e-mail.

  • Steven on Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam April 1, 2014

    Sounds like a good plan, Apple, but they should better concentrate on growing their brand and bread and butter first. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. It's better to be great in one thing than to be good in almost all things. Don't be like Android or Google please.