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.
Time-lapse of Product Showcase Taken from my GoPro Camera
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 9:22a Frank Paolino I wanted to have a little fun at #IBMConnect
so I put a GoPro camera over our booth on the Product Showcase and snapped
pictures of all of our visitors over 4 days.
The Product Showcase was certainly "energized",
so I choose suitable music in the "William Tell Overture". [read] Keywords:
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
That is the story of a compromised refrigerator
that sends cold "spam" to unsuspecting users via it's internet
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
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
Notice to Appear in Court
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 1:42p Frank Paolino Yes, the title of the blog appears
scary and that is what the senders of the email want, to scare you into
opening the message and reading the body, then launching the phony "notice".
Here is a sample of a phony notice that appears to come from JonesDay.
Here are the Law firms that
were spoofed in these virus outbreaks, and a sampling of the from addresses
that were used. To be perfectly clear, these messages are spoofing the
law firms, trying to get the rec [read] Keywords: email
Blocking EXE attachments is working great!
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 1:42p Frank Paolino We have advised customers of SpamSentinel
for the last month to block EXE attachments, even (especially!) inside
I have been monitoring the results on
one of our servers, and they are spectacular in catching new virus outbreaks
before their "signatures" are recorded. These are "zero
hour" zero hour viruses, fresh off the computers of the virus makers.
Here is a screenshot showing the recent
patterns, piggybacking on popular email types, like airline ticket confirma [read] Keywords: email
Popular Virus Subjects this Week
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 2:02p Frank Paolino There was a lot of virus activity this
week. Here is a snapshot of 13,773 caught viruses caught on a single
The subjects give clues to the latest
approaches the virus senders are using in the hope that they can fool the
recipient into opening the attachment, which releases the virus.
I sorted the subjects and replaced the
sender's attempt at making the message look unique with a Fed Express number,
a case number or even a phone number with a sequential number, like 123-45 [read] Keywords: office
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 2:22p Frank Paolino CryptoLocker is such an evil virus
that I wanted to create this resource of useful information and links.
Cryptolocker is an extremely dangerous
and virulent ransomware trojan. The virus encrypts local and network share
drives and then demands either $100 or $300 ransom and gives the user 72
hours to pay.
If you see this on your screen, it is
already too late. Your files are encrypted and unrecoverable. Your only
hope is a good backup.
If you read the text, they are [read] Keywords: policies
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 2:02p Frank Paolino Let's face it: We use email in more ways
than it was designed. It was originally a simple container for messages,
and now it is "where we live" and "where we work".
What shows up in our Inbox can dictate the work we do that day. It is amorphous
and it sometimes takes over our entire day.
Email needs some enhancements to
keep up with how we actually use it. To accommodate that way of working,
we have built a set of sidebar widgets to improve the mail experience.
Some people t [read] Keywords: notes