The Fight Against Spam, Part 2
Subject:   98% isn't that good
Date:   2004-05-18 22:36:16
From:   alderete
My experience with Apple Mail's junk mail features hasn't been that good. The author suggests that it's better than Bayesian filtering, but my stats from SpamSieve indicate that it's 99.5% accurate on my real live mail, while the author says that Apple's Mail can theoretically get up to 98%.

Sounds like a small difference, but do the math. If you receive 100 messages a week (low volume), that's 5200 messages a year. Mail will make 100+ mistakes a year; SpamSieve will make 25 or so.

If, like me, you get several hundred messages a day, then the difference is even noticeable.

And this assumes that Mail reaches 98%, which it's no where near for me. More like 90%. So now we're talking 500+ mistakes a year, on a low-volume e-mail account.

Your mileage may vary, but if you get a lot of spam, you should definitely try SpamSieve, which works with Mail, Eudora, Mailsmith, and most other e-mail clients for Mac OS X.

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