How to get rid of spam?

Years go by, innovations are multiplying, and yet spam continues to invade our mailboxes. There are several ways to eliminate it and here is a tour of the existing possibilities.

The vast majority of e-mails that pass through the world are unwanted. Part of it is perfectly harmless, like the ads in your classic mailbox in your building or your home. However, another part represents a real security risk. Despite repeated recommendations for years, even decades, many users still fall into the trap set by these messages.

Many viruses continue to spread via infected attachments. There are always more phishing attacks, with incentives to click on a link to a fake site to try to steal login credentials. Real emails are lost in the ever-growing number of undesirables. The question then is to find the best way to filter all this mass of spam without losing legitimate messages.

The artificial intelligence of Gmail

Gmail probably offers the best antispam system currently. Gmail uses artificial intelligence to filter messages, which relies on its TensorFlow machine learning tool. According to the firm, there would remain only a fraction of the percentage of undesirables who still escape its filter.

A system so very effective, but that requires to pass all its messages on the servers of the American giant, which are distributed throughout the world. A good solution so in terms of security, but with a flat on the level of privacy, and it is limited to users of Gmail.


Most couriers incorporate a more or less rudimentary spam filter, including those of the service providers. These filters are not based on artificial intelligence and are therefore much more rudimentary than Gmail. Depending on the amount of spam received, it may be necessary to add an additional filter. The operation is not possible using only the web interface. It is, therefore, necessary to use messaging software.

The Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird software are both very good messengers and include an unwanted filter that can learn as it is used. Unfortunately, although the filter adapts to the user, it remains rudimentary, well below the solutions of Gmail.

Stop spam!

For those who use email related to their own domain name, there is a third solution. The French company Oktey offers an effective antispam system for business, in SaaS mode, in the cloud, called Altospam. The service is well-honed, the first version still dating from 2002. They analyze the messages through a combination of six antivirus, 16 antispam technologies, and also block advertisements, phishing, and more generally the unwanted.

The solution is put in place in a few minutes, redirecting the DNS of his domain name to Altospam servers, which analyzes the received messages and sends legitimate emails to the mail server. The servers are located in France, so the data does not leave the territory. It even offers a complete history of actions and interesting statistics on the amount of spam received. This is a paid service, but they offer a free 15-day trial.