A new consumer device, called the Spam Cube, claims to stop 96 – 99% of spam regardless of your computer platform or the type of e-mail you use, and it plugs right into your home network. Oh yeah, and it works without a subscription. Now my interest is piqued. Works without a subscription, without updates? As a sys admin who has worked with SpamAssassin, the Open Source community’s venerable spam tagger, I’m really curious. What sort of magic algorithms is this little company using? Will it still work well in a few years, or even 6 months? The war between spam and spam-recognition has been something of an arms race or of escalation. Everytime you think you’ve contained 99% of it, spammers seem to come up with a new method to avoid your spam-blockers. So how does Spam Cube do it? I really have to try this to believe it, but at $150 a pop, I’m not about to shell out that much for it. So far, Gmail does enough of a decent job for me not to worry about more than 5 spams per day.
I do like that Spam Cube works no matter what kind of e-mail you’re using: POP3, IMAP, web-based. Any fellow techies/sys admin types out there have any ideas on how Spam Cube works? Even better, if any folks from Spam Cube are reading, please enlighten us. We’re not asking for the family jewels, but just an idea, even a crumb. Feel free to send us at GfG one to review if you’d like too.