Ultimate anti-spam guide: 11 products tested

Ultimate anti-spam guide: 11 products tested

Summary: ContentsBitDefenderClearswiftCA eTrustGFIIronPortMailGuardMcAfeeMessageLabsNetIQNetwork BoxSymantec BrightmailEditor's ChoiceAbout RMITHow we tested special report From server-level software, to appliances, to managed services, we find what solutions are available to help enterprises manage the onslaught of unsightly spam.It has been over a year since we reviewed anti-spam offerings.

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Contents
BitDefender
Clearswift
CA eTrust
GFI
IronPort
MailGuard
McAfee
MessageLabs
NetIQ
Network Box
Symantec Brightmail
Editor's Choice
About RMIT
How we tested

Technology & Business magazine

special report From server-level software, to appliances, to managed services, we find what solutions are available to help enterprises manage the onslaught of unsightly spam.

It has been over a year since we reviewed anti-spam offerings.

Back in those days there were few enterprise-level solutions available to deal with this issue. Since then the market has literally exploded -- from four or five popular applications on the market last year to a submission of no less than 11 for this review.

And even still there were some notable names missing like Sophos, Surfcontrol, and Trend Micro. Both Surfcontrol and Trend Micro are in the midst of changing their older applications over for newer/updated versions and were not currently in the position to submit. Sophos on the other hand, while we would have loved to have squeezed them in somewhere with the other 11 products, unfortunately responded too late to get included in the review. When evaluating anti-spam products don't forget to consider these three vendors also.

This review is more of a guide to the current state of play in the world of annoying spam e-mail. For this roundup, we looked at each vendor's product based on common criteria such as installation, configuration, and administration. We did not perform any "official" accuracy and performance testing on the products. We set the programs up in modes to test both controlled and live messages, however the results of these brief tests would just add more confusion to the mix than anything and certainly didn't show any unexpected results.

Editor's note: This report was first published in Technology and Business magazine. Due to space constraints, the section explaining how the products were tested was omitted. However, a full explanation on testing procedures has been posted online and can be found here.

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  • Why not just use the 300 products for Linux?
    anonymous
  • I would have liked to see a review on Sophos PureMessage
    anonymous
  • You guys don't cover Spamassassin or any Open Source
    anti-spam technologies. Why not?

    Spamassassin was fully functional several years ago, before any of the other 11 products existed.
    anonymous
  • What happened to Open Source solutions like SpamAssassin? Boo to payed reviews.
    anonymous
  • One word, SpamAssassin. http://spamassassin.apache.org/
    anonymous
  • Where's SpamAssassin?
    Where's MailScanner?
    Where's ANY free and open source anti-spam product?

    How can this be called "ultimate anti-spam guide" when leading non-commercial solutions are excluded?
    anonymous
  • no open source antispam products? how useless
    anonymous
  • amazing

    how could write a review about anti-spam without the leader : spamassassin !!!!

    just because they didn't pay you for that !

    pathetic
    anonymous
  • Disappointily, it doesn't mention any of the
    Open Source anti-spam products.
    A very incomplete review.
    anonymous
  • As I'm sure you've been told by hundreds others, this review misses several open-source products which apparently don't advertise on your server... =b
    anonymous
  • Any response to this thread? Several good alternative products are discussed at /.

    http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/06/2330204&tid=111&tid=218
    anonymous
  • Is this a joke? You show the minor players rather than the majors. Spamassassin? SpamBayes? This review is useless.
    anonymous
  • hrm.. Looks like all these products fail miserably when compared to http://crm114.sourceforge.net/
    which I run on my mail server.

    -Dirtbasg
    anonymous
  • Why bother "reviewing" products when you don't actually run spam archives through the filters to test their effectiveness? That's like saying "I'd buy this BMW over the Mercedes because it's red!"

    Totally useless review. Lots of popular (and effective) anti-spam products are not even reviewed here. The point of this article is to review spam solutions for users that don't know much about the subject. The author of the article is not supposed to be included in that group.
    anonymous
  • A review of anti-spam products with no test of their effectiveness is worthless. I don't care how pretty the GUI is if it drops legitimate mail or doesn't catch a majority of the spam. How about a comparison of how these products actually WORK? While you're at it, throw in Spamassassin for comparison; I've found it to be exceedingly effective.
    anonymous
  • well, I am sure that you realize the article was slashdotted but I must point out some huge gaps. 80% of mail is served out of a unix based system. Wil may MTA choices why not cover some of the best options that actaully get used by people who know what they are doing. My favorite in postfix and the huge spamassign project. But I guess I wont be seeing any Apache foundation banners on ZdNet huh..
    anonymous
  • Out of curiosity, why did you not include the Mailgate product from Tumbleweed?

    We have been using it at Finisar for over a year now with AMAZING results.

    Just wanted to know why they weren't included.
    anonymous
  • Should be titled:

    Ultimate anti-spam software advertisement. Please, don't try to claim your blatent advertisements as actual journalism like we couldn't tell the difference.
    anonymous
  • it sucked, that looked like an AD
    anonymous
  • What is the point of your review if you do not actually test the products' performance? Why would any IT manager spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to license software when they do not know if it will actually work?

    How do you determine ROI? Wouldn't that require knowing how well the product works at reducing spam?
    anonymous