Tag Archives: POPFile

A New Image for Your Email Address

By | June 21, 2007

John Graham-Cumming, author of Bayesian spam filter POPFile, points me to a neat tool he’s created which will turn an email address into an image that may spare you some spam from bots scouring web pages for email addresses: This site converts a text-based email address (such as me@example.com) and creates an image that can be inserted on… Read More »

Put My Book in Your Toilet

By | January 9, 2007

John Graham-Cumming, the father of the excellent Bayesian spam killer POPFile, has written a review of my column collection, Loose Wire. It’s a fun read (the review, not the book, although the book is. Really.) He even adds a word to my lexicon: ‘wagstaff (v): to poke any new technology with a long stick, make sure it does… Read More »

How to Make More Use of the Vicar

By | February 27, 2006

In last week’s WSJ column (subscription only, I’m afraid) I wrote about how Bayesian Filters — derived from the theories of an 18th century vicar called Thomas Bayes and used to filter out spam — could also be used to sift through other kinds of data. Here’s a preliminary list of some of the uses I came across:… Read More »

McAfee Comes Late To Rev. Bayes’ Party

By | April 13, 2004

McAfee seems to have come somewhat late to the spam party: Network Associates, Inc. , ‘the leader in intrusion prevention solutions’, today announced that it has incorporated “powerful new Bayesian filtering into the latest McAfee SpamAssassin engine”. What, only now? Bayesian filtering is a pretty powerful weapon in the war against spam. I use POPFile and K9 and… Read More »

Anti-Spam Mail Service Aliencamel Adds Humps

By | December 9, 2003

One anti-spam service I tried a few months back was Melbourne-based Aliencamel, which I thought was good but not perfect, have just announced some new features which may make the product more competitive in a tight marketplace. Aliencamel works as a mix of different anti-spam and anti-virus elements designed to keep out the riff-raff so you only download… Read More »