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Anti-Spam Service vs Internal Product

By rholcombe ·
We have been using McAfee's anti-spam solution and are not happy with the level of administration this product takes. We are looking at Symantec's Brightmail solution. We are a small non-profit of 150 people enterprise wide. Several companies are now offering a service which is a per node per month cost. Is there any experience with this and what are the pros/cons of this type solution?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Anti-Spam Service vs Inte ...

You don't have to maintain spam lists.

You don't have to maintain devices housing the spam lists.

It can be expensive.

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by dnguyen In reply to Anti-Spam Service vs Inte ...

DoubleCheck Anti SPAM works very well for us.
Low costs, simple to use and maintain.

See link:


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by collignond In reply to Anti-Spam Service vs Inte ...

I must agree with the two respondents. I am running the microsoft anti-spy ware and I install, and run it the first tie exclude the remote management software from its scan and configure the default pages for explorer and I know I dont have to worry about the users accidentally loading software that may contain spy ware. Most third party software controls on one of two threat posibilitys, addware/spyware and explorer hijacking.

I had of the third party software loaded and was supprised at the number of items found with the MS antispy ware.

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by Kairoer In reply to Anti-Spam Service vs Inte ...

Best bet is to test it. I have clients using services who are happy, and I have those who are not.
I usually promote the Fortigate UTM appliance for spam (as well as virus, IDP and URL-filter ) - as it removes some 90 to 95% of spams - from SMTP, POP and IMAP. All without any intervenience from the IS-department.

One possible drawback about services are some does not restrict enough, due to their fair of false positives - i.e. mail caught as spam wich is not.

Again, test the service, if happy, stay with it. Make sure the contract is evaluation, so you can bail if needed.
If not, get a Fortigate


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