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Eating Your Own Dog Food
Jason Baird    

When you work to support other people you, you may not realize how cool the product is until you really get to use it yourself . My name is Jason and I have worked with MayFlower to support their SpamSentinel and MBE (Manage By Example) products for several years now. I personally have never had a need for anti-spam and anti-virus software on my own Domino servers. Why? I was always careful with my email addresses, I never get spam. I only sign up for things using my gmail account in order to keep all the junk on Google's servers.

Here's where things changed recently after a very poor decision on my part to use my business email to sell an elliptical and bowflex on craigslist. Anytime I sell something on craigslist, I use my gmail address. For some reason, this time, I entered in the wrong address. My heart dropped. The capta was verified! I was getting 6-12 messages day in my inbox from women named Sasha who had "tagged me" as their favorite on Russian dating sites. Although I am single, I have never been on a Russian dating website, and although I appreciated all the attention from the spammers (and I'll admit, some of the pictures), I soon realized that I now, after nearly 5 years, needed an anti-spam/anti-virus product! I cannot imagine the questioning I would get from my daughters if they went up to my computer to play a harmless game and saw the emails that had come in over night.

Thankfully I didn't have to look far. I of course downloaded and installed SpamSentinel (enhanced with MBE) to a checking machine run on a VM. This is my configuration because I run Domino on Linux (since Linux is sweet, free and what every small business likes). I found myself being the customer. I configured SpamSentinel and MBE. My spam stopped cold. I can say that I do, at times, miss daily emails from Sasha and the crew of "whatever DOT ru, " I don't miss the time it took to weed through those 6-12 emails per day.

What I'm even more excited about is that I am now using manage by example in a real-world situation where I see it working and saving me time. It knows my preferred senders, those go to my in-box. It sends my newsletters to the newsletters folder. If I want a sender to go to junk, I just drag it! MBE is saving me time! It's making SpamSentinel work even better. I get it now.




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Time-lapse of Product Showcase Taken from my GoPro Camera
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 9:22a   Frank Paolino
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Refrigerators Now Send Spam as Well as Keeping it Cold
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 2:02p   Frank Paolino
Refrigerators now do more than keep spam, that tasty treat, cold, they also send spam, the electronic email version. That is the story of a compromised refrigerator that sends cold "spam" to unsuspecting users via it's internet connection. Viruses makers will try to add anything to their botnets, and the latest attack on "refrigerators" does not surprise me at all. The target of this attack was a refrigerator model running a flavor of Linux that had not been hardened or pr [read] Keywords: email linux virus
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Increase in Virus Activity
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 2:02p   Frank Paolino
The increase in recent Virus activity has been noticeable, and the sophisticated techniques the virus makers use to evade detection make the job of stopping them that much more challenging. Many times, a new message appears and I ask "Is this some new attempt to get me to infect my machine"? Many of my customers ask me the same question, so I put a live stream of recently caught viruses subjects and attachment names on our website. (Obviously, I did not put the viruses, just their names [read] Keywords: virus
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Tue, Jan 7th 2014 2:22p   Frank Paolino
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Notice to Appear in Court
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 1:42p   Frank Paolino
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Blocking EXE attachments is working great!
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 1:42p   Frank Paolino
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Fri, Nov 15th 2013 2:02p   Frank Paolino
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CryptoLocker
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Mail Enhancement
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 2:02p   Frank Paolino
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A spear-phishing attack detailed: Moving from "selling" to "stealing".
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 12:02p   Frank Paolino
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