With anti-spam vendors offering low cost licensing, businesses can now afford to spam and antivirus protection with advanced easy to use interface, to a much lower cost. The great thing about technology is that as it evolves gets faster, additional features and economical. In recent years, the same evolution that has taken place with anti-spam technology and services. In large part this is attributable to the community of open source software to enterprising companies to improve the capabilities of this software and package it into easy to use anti-spam appliances.
It is not practical to have an anti-spam software running on desktops in a networked business environment. Management of all software used spam on the desktop is not realistic. It can be a time consuming and expensive nightmare in terms of licensing.
Spam appliances sit in front of your mail server so that when the email comes first, go to the machine and e-mail spam is scanned for spam and viruses. The filter will block the message if we identified it as spam. If the filter is not sure if the email is genuine will be quarantined and maintain e-mail in the filter and will be stored until the recipient deletes it, free your email address, or they can white list a trusted correspondent so that future emails will not be retained. This will reduce the load on your mail server and reduce their need for bandwidth. We have seen anti-spam systems block up to 83% of incoming messages. This could help extend the life of your mail server and push back the need for the ability to upgrade.
Most virus outbreaks occur via email and a device for little money can block viruses before they reach your network and user inboxes. This provides an additional layer of defense, in addition to their existing antivirus solution.
Companies have two options if you use an appliance-based solution for spam and virus control. You can buy and manage their own filters. This is a good option if you have a large number of mailboxes to protect employees and technical staff to manage the device from spam. Companies also have the option of outsourcing your spam control as a hosted service. This is a good choice for small business and information technology if it is not their specialty.
If you buy your own spam filter, a subscription to updates may also be required. Be sure to get prices up front for accessories you will need. If you have more than 100 e-mail users and technical staff to maintain the apparatus of spam, the purchase of its own filter may be your best option. In general, the basic model for most organizations. Large organizations with thousands of users require a spam filtering device with increases in capacity and features. Spam appliances are designed to work with all mail systems, but some have specific enhancements for the popular collaboration software for Microsoft Exchange server and mail servers that support LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). Spam appliances use LDAP to verify the recipient before sending messages to your mail server, avoiding the consumption of server resources.
If your business has five to one hundred employees, then a spam and outsource anti-virus filter will be a good economical choice for your organization. Rates are based on the number of users and you only pay for what you use. You do not have to buy hardware, maintenance and updating. The initial cost is minimal and most of the providers email filtering can try the service for free at first. Another added benefit of outsourcing your spam control is redundancy. It is important that you choose a provider that has its spam and virus filters collocated at the facilities of Internet security data center. The data centers provide redundant network connections and power, so if your mail server or Internet connection unexpectedly apparatus will keep your email spam to your mail server is available, less spam and viruses.
Anti-spam technology is constantly improving and costs are getting lower. With increased productivity and an additional layer of defense against virus attacks, an anti-spam device or service is something your company can not afford to do without.