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    Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    The August 2003 issue of Consumer Reports rated only one of the anti-spam products it tested "Excellent," SAProxy from Stata Labs. It described SAProxy as a good choice for more sophisticated users because several of the setup steps are not automated. But those steps are not very difficult and the help file contains the necessary steps. The default behavior is to put a notation in the subject line for messages judged to be spam, list the reasons in the message body, and attach the original message to the report, but you can change this if you like.

    SAProxy is a proxy server that runs on your computer and listens on port 110, the port from which mail programs retrieve POP3 mail. By pointing your mailer at your own machine (incoming mail server = 127.0.0.1) and changing your username setting, you can use the highly effective SpamAssassin filters on your incoming mail. The most complicated setup (depicted below) occurs if you are running an antivirus filtering proxy (e.g., any of the big three, Norton, McAfee, or Trend Micro). Then you need to wedge SAProxy in between, and this could be a bit complicated.

    You can read more about SAProxy at the following sites. It is free, but for $6.50 you can purchase 60 days of support. You will notice that the company also sells its own mail program, Bloomba, about which I know nothing (other than it is not required to use SAProxy).

    SAProxy Home Page at Bloomba.com: http://saproxy.bloomba.com
    SAProxy FAQ: http://www.fuggles.com/saproxy-faq.html

    Anyone who uses this software, please post your feedback. Thanks.
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    Re: Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    Jefferson

    The Consumer Reports article you were referring to is presumably found from Email spam - What you can do, down near the bottom of "FREE HIGHLIGHTS" and above the heading "Consumer Information".

    In the UK, we have an equivalent magazine called Which?, and its tests of computer-related hardware and software are usually looked on with some suspicion, since their forte is more in the consumer durables area -- comparative tests of washing machine performance, and the like.

    There didn't seem to be any reference to any of the anti-spam products (usually shareware or freeware) that have been discussed in this august forum. Nor to the fact that a particular anti-spam product may support only Outlook or Outlook Express, to say nothing of the other mail programs which are available!

    I found their general anti-spam comments to be of more assistance than their specific recommendations for software!
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    Re: Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    I agree with you, John, I thought that US based Consumer Reports (to which the bride subscribes) did a poor job of covering the SPAM solution market. US Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports in the US) has gotten it wrong about other computer stuff in the past, notably they had some basic errors in their PDA reviews a couple of years back. But I'm too lazy to write to the editor.
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    Re: Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    I guess I've done the product a disservice by associating it with Consumer Reports. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    That endorsement notwithstanding, as far as I know, SpamAssassin is considered the most effective rules-based anti-spam software you can get. It also now supports learning through a Bayesian module, 'though in the SAProxy implementation, this is not well integrated with Outlook.

    The test was done by testing against a body of junk and non-junk e-mail. That's probably the most objective test I've heard of. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I have no idea how they selected the products they tested. There's a real mix of download and retail, but certainly short on the newer technologies.

    For what it's worth, SAProxy should support any POP3 client that can be configured to retrieve mail from 127.0.0.1, and whose operating system can run its Perl DLL.

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    Re: Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    I <img src=/S/love.gif border=0 alt=love width=15 height=15> Consumer Reports, but I was <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15> by the Spam Control software review.
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    Re: Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    Hi, John ~

    I, too, am a big fan of Consumer Reports and have been disappointed with their minimal and lackluster IT reviews. It seems with the eClimate as it is and their typically superb, rigorous and non-partisan reviewing methods, they would have a spin-off or at least a department dedicated to just that market, analagous to their wonderful auto review department.

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    Re: Anti-spam: SAProxy = SpamAssassin for Windows

    Jefferson

    I wasn't decrying their preferred product! Would that there was a complete answer to Spam. Even the Bayesian techniques are not foolproof - my SpamBayes has been 'trained' on 250 Spam messages and 2700 good InBox messages, but still it misses one or two every morning that you'd have thought it would put in the Spam folder.

    I'm a bit puzzled that SMBP hasn't yet posted a comparative review of around 100 antispam products with 2.83 million references to articles and websites as part of his PhD thesis. Perhaps that will come tomorrow? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Just a whimsical reference to the amazing volume of exceptionally useful research posted by SMBP on frequent occasions!! Honest!!!
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