An Apology, And Some More Ways Out Of Spam and Viruses

Just got an angry email from the folk at 0Spam.Net, who I mentioned in an earlier post as one of the companies somewhat, er, quick to congratulate itself in the wave for avoiding the worst of MyDoom.

Bill Franklin, 0Spam.Net president, writes that “Whether our product works or not and its value to your readers seems to not be of importance in your column, we’re just someone out of whom to get some mileage, at the cost of tarnishing our reputation.”

My apologies. Perhaps I wasn’t fair. I wasn’t questioning the quality of the service; It just appeared unseemly that, while business and home users were still grappling with MyDoom infections, companies should be firing out dozens of press releases trumpeting their successes in keeping the virus out. But that aside, there are some excellent email services that do keep out spam and viruses (I’m using, and have recommended, one of them: AlienCamel) and 0Spam.Net sounds like another one. These services transfer the onus of filtering out rubbish, both destructive and annoying, so that the end user doesn’t need to set up a spam filter, or an anti-virus program on their computer. All you have to do is to cough up a bit of extra money ($15 for six months for AlienCamel, $5 a month for , and change your email settings a tad.

Of 0Spam.Net, Bill writes: “The truth is, our service works nearly flawlessly – try to find another anti-spam, anti-virus product that comes anywhere close to our accuracy level: 100% detection of viruses and a 1 in 2,250,000 error rate of false positives for spam detection with a spam detection rate of 99.996%.” That’s a pretty good ratio.

Another service that promises to do the same thing is ZoEmail, just launched yesterday. For $1 a month ZoEmail claims to ”completely stop spam and finally give e-mail users real control over what lands in their inbox”. I’ve written an entry on ZoEmail here.