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How much SPAM do rest of you get.

By NewBeeAdmin ·
I am a network admin for small to medium based company with over 150 users. Recently users started complaining more about daily SPAM they receive and that prompted me how much spam rest of the orgnizations get. We use GFI products and according to reports it catches about 90% of SPAM rest does trickle through but across 150 users its less than 15 for heavy users. I was also doing some reports on the server and noticed since our upgrade we received over $100k emails is that normal amount or is there something else we can do to reduce the number. Any thoughts suggesstions are more than welcome.

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Public use?

by Maevinn In reply to How much SPAM do rest of ...

I've found that the more users start using their work account on public sites--ie, when they purchase something, or when they participate in boards and display their work email, the spam starts climbing. In my last position, with about 500 users, spam was a serious problem. We locked down the filters, but it still required review 3-4 times a day, which was a bigger cost than savings. So, we made sure everyone knew how to handle spam, and allowed more through. It's easier to let everyone delete 3-4 each day than it is to prevent all of it through, sadly enough.

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Funny you should ask

by jdmercha In reply to How much SPAM do rest of ...

I just got a spam report today. Back in february we received nearly 10,000 messages that were caught by our spam filter. For October, that number went up tp 38,000.

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Lots of spam

by twoclones In reply to Funny you should ask

My users complain when they receive 30 spam messages per day. In the personal email account which I use when posting to boards or purchasing online, I receive 400 - 800 spam messages per day!

Without spam filering, email would be useless...

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100k in a month? that's nothing

by CG IT In reply to Funny you should ask

I had a client that gets about that much in a day! GFI Mail Essentials for Exchange gets about 99% of the spam. DNS harvesting was the biggest culprit at around 92% of all spam received.

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Too much!

by jr_hearty In reply to How much SPAM do rest of ...

My company gets a ton of spam. I have about 200 email users. In a typical week, we process 130,000 emails, 98% of which are confirmed spam and deleted. We use Borderware's MXtreme system. It is expensive (roughly 5000 for the initial server, then about 3500 per year for Brightmail filter and Antivirus), but was the best solution for my users.

On one of my small client's networks I use GFI. I am pretty happy with that as well. It works great with Outlook.

As for advice, I have found that the people who complain the most about spam are the ones who generate the most spam activity by using their business address for non business related activities such as forwarding jokes, sending e-cards, posting it to public sites, etc. For them, I offer to change their email address. It immediately cuts down on the amount of spam they receive. Generally, they don't want to do this though.

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You nailed that one

by dnelsonwc In reply to Too much!

"I have found that the people who complain the most about spam are the ones who generate the most spam activity by using their business address for non business related activities"

This is the big one for my users. I can always tell who is using their email for stuff they shouldn't based on the amount of crap they get. And, of course, despite being repeatedly told how to avoid adding to their spam load, they keep using their work addresses for this stuff.

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Amount of SPAM

by aland In reply to How much SPAM do rest of ...

We only have 100 users and we get over 700,000 spam a day.

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We don't get no stinking spam!

by TechRepublic In reply to How much SPAM do rest of ...

We have been using aliases for several years. Each entity that requests an email address gets an address particular to them. If anything bogus comes in on that address the alias is deleted and the entity gets a good scolding.

Server only has to deal with headers.

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