Gmail: That's spam, and here's why

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    Gmail: That's spam, and here's why

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    Wondering why a certain e-mail was dumped into your Gmail spam folder? Google will now clue you in.

    As of yesterday, Gmail users can select any message banished to the spam folder and see a "Why is this message in Spam?" notice near the top. The notice will display a brief explanation accompanied by a "Learn more" link to a page describing the many reasons certain messages are considered spam.

    A look at the e-mail in my own Gmail spam folder revealed a variety of explanations.

    For one e-mail that claimed to be from YouTube but clearly was not, Gmail said that "our systems couldn't verify that this message was really sent by youtube.com." Another e-mail hawking phony Adobe software was flagged as spam because "many people marked similar messages as phishing scams, so this might contain unsafe content."

    A third e-mail that looked like it was sent from Twitter was considered junk because "similar messages were used to steal people's personal information." And a batch of other messages were flagged mainly because they were "similar to messages that were detected by our spam filters."

    Source:
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-57400612-2/gmail-thats-spam-and-heres-why/



    Google Explains Gmail's Spam Filtering Process

    For those who have always wondered why some e-mails arrive in Gmail***8217;s spam folder, Google has updated the service to explain to what determines that spam is spam.

    Ela Czajka, a software engineer with the Gmail team, blogged about the new feature and its various levels of detection. Starting now, when you click on a message in Gmail's spam folder, an explanatory note appears at the top, warning of suspicious hyperlinks, reminding you that you have previously marked a sender as a spammer, or denoting that a particular e-mail has been deemed shady by the filter itself.

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    Czajka also included a link to Gmail's recently updated Hub of Spam, where all things spam are explained -- such as what phishing scams are, how Gmail uses content filters and the behavior of other Gmail users to label spam, and more. Gmail's labeling practices are pretty interesting, and are a perfect match with the Gmail setting "Authentication icon for verified senders," which can be enabled in Gmail Labs and adds a little key next to a verified sender's name, guaranteeing the e-mail is coming from a legit source.

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    If you're like me and simply hit "delete forever" on every spam message, or just ignore the folder altogether, this tiny improvement may not mean much, but it's good to know that should you suddenly become gullible and your PC is feverish with malware, Gmail has got your back.

    Source:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/252206/google_explains_gmails_spam_filtering_process.html
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2012

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