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2.97% of gmail filter is false positives

/pd [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, October 7, 2006
15 years ago3,292 views

"False-positive filtering remains high among leading email service providers (ESPs) including Hotmail and Gmail"

nice infonuggut here

http://blogs.zdnet.com/ITFacts/?p=11848

Sankar Anand [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

hmm you are right pd i experienced myself with gmail but the funniest thing is it doesnt filter the actual phising mails...

Although exposure of our email address matters at one side, i personally feel that google should corp with some other phising info sites like mcafee and phishtank which analysis or scans our mails.

generally i get phising mails rather than spam...like paypal, ebay ....

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

RRR This news means that I have to dig into my thousands spams in search for *real* mails... Thanks for the news /pd

But this means that if there is less and less "false positive spams" in the spambox, there is more "positive spams" in our inbox ;-)

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

The only "real" e-mails I get in the spam folder are ones from a Google Group, which is weird as you would have thought they would "OK" the address

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

OHHHHHHH
I just checked my (full) spam box by accident, and I see a lot of false positives. A LOT! About 10% of my spambox!
Damned Gmail...

>>> go check you spambox ;-)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

TOMHTML, that's what happens when all your friends want to talk about is pen1s enlargements, v1agra, Rolex replicas and l0ans... ;-)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

You are right, I have good friends ;)
Now, this means that I have a lot a mails to read...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I got a record high of spam this weekend .. "1 – 50 of 633 "

this means that every 13.5 minutes spam mail is hitting my in box!!

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I never get a false positive, only false negatives sometimes (not often). I am very confident that I do not need to check my spam folder. How do they measure this?

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Just this morning I went through my spam box – 650 messages. From that, there was one false positive. And even that was from a recruiter as part of a bulk mailout.

That works out at arounf 0.15% which is about what I've experienced in the past. Very few false positives, nowhere near 2.5%.

For those who are getting FP's, can you reveal what sort of emails they are? Newletters / friends / bulk emails..?

Wouter Schut [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

Chain-letters, Newsletters and other bulk email is usually not very important. It's the personal e-mails which are a *meep* if you miss them. In the old days when I was still using hotmail i got a-lot of false positives, especially the very first mail someone send me.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

"Newletters / friends / bulk emails..?"
> The three answers, but a majority of mails from a form placed on my website :-S

Mysterius [PersonRank 10]

15 years ago #

I virtually never get false positives. Only once in a blue moon will some newsletter or such end up in the Spam folder, and I never read those, anyway. Checking right now, I see two "V1agraCialis..." spam mails, and, strangely, three "Mail not delivered" messages from "Internet Service." Therefore, I'd say Gmail is pretty good at filtering, although I receive very few spam messages in any case, since I actually don't sign up and put down my email address (at least not my main one) on every random site, forum, newsletter, and mailing list I come across... ;)

Personman [PersonRank 8]

15 years ago #

Out of 999 messages in my spam folder, not one was a false positive. This is of course going to vary widely over individuals, depending on how much spam they get and how spam-like the real emails they tend to get are, but still, 2.97% seems very high given that for me it is (and as far as I am aware, always has been) 0%.

I do get the occasional false negative, perhaps once or twice a week.

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