How 99% of Spam filters work:
The most common deployed spam technology fails to produce highly effective results.
*Blacklisting (as a sole remedy)
*Bayesian and numerous other Mathematical Equations
Countless studies have shown major flaws with this methodology:
A daily burden is placed on IT department to manage and adjust the spam filter settings
False Positive returns can become a serious problem and a source of lost business
Lackluster filtering results
February 25, 2003, PC Magazine tests 11 spam filters. The best missed 7% of inbound mail with 8.4% False Positives. The average missed 30% of inbound mail with 7% False Positives. This is unacceptable.
Why MessageXchange is unique?
The creators of MessageXchange took a lesson from the anti-virus companies and created a signature architecture for spam.
Leading anti-virus companies rely on two main sources for catching the latest virus signatures or definitions: (1) managed networks of “spam traps” and (2) the user community which reports back new virus outbreaks. These signatures are used to update their virus scanning software. When’s the last time your anti-virus software experienced a false positive? Similar to anti-virus companies, MessageXchange uses “spam traps” and a 3 million user community to capture signature files on spam. Significant utilization of signature file technology has allowed MessageXchange filtering to achieve a high rate of spam detection with the lowest false positive returns in the industry.
How do they do it?
Over 1,200 “spam traps” are systematically networked across the front lines of the Internet where a vast majority of Spam first originates.
Large scale attraction methods are deployed to the most popular spam producing segments of the Internet to populate these traps. Examples include: Porn Sites Online Casinos News Groups Fake website created with technical contact information posted
By September of 2002, each “spam trap” was receiving in excess of 500 spam messages per day. Our software developers placed a reporting engine in each spam trap, which creates a signature file on every spam message received. The signature files are instantly relayed to a central database to be used for message verification. Additional signature files are obtained from spam notifications provided by our vast user community and entered into a dynamic database.
MessageXchange also deploys User Verify techniques to prevent Direct Harvest Attacks, along with seven Real Time Black Lists (RBLs) and special trick identifiers to effectively scan every message coming through our filtering infrastructure. When an exact match occurs, the email is labeled and contained, or it can simply be deleted.
The Net Result.
For the month of July, 2004, MSX on average blocked 94.0% of the entire mail flow coming into an organization*. The industry average for competing solutions is roughly half this amount.
98.1% of total spam running through MessageXchange is stopped based on the average customer experience*.
A near 0% false positive rate is experienced by our customers.
The majority of email borne viruses are contained via our uniquely configured anti-virus layers. A special focus is placed on malicious self replicating worm viruses.
These overall results place MessageXchange among the top performing Tier 1 Enterprise level solutions in the world.
While many of our competitors claim to have the best overall results, we prove it.
*Source: MSX July, 2004 data
The complete solution - a multi-layer scanning architecture
1. Real time Black List checks are performed based on per-domain preferences.
2. Optional user verification ensures only email destined to real users is accepted.
3. Static Black List checks can be customized for each company and domain.
4. Emails are compared to a signature file similar to virus signature checks.
5. Multiple virus scans are applied to messages that are not determined to be spam.
6. Routing rules are applied based on spam/virus preferences for the destination domain.
USInternet infrastructure is contained within an N 1 high availability hosting facility. This facility provides services for several high profile Fortune 500 customers.
N 1 redundant 99.999 rated
Dual OC-3 links carried over three fiber optic SONET networks
Dual Energy Power Grids into the facility
Dual 75kva full time inline UPS devices deployed in parallel redundant configuration with N 1 redundancy to diesel generators.
50 tons of air-conditioning to 5,000 sq. ft of static free and humidity-controlled server room.
All air-conditioning is configured with N 1 redundancy.
24/7 Secured access with key swipe entry, finger print verifier and a double-locking man-trap.
FM 200 dry-pipe fire suspension
24x7 manned NOC
35 Camera digital video surveillance
What customers are saying:
“MessageXchange was easy to set up, taking about 10 minutes. After a simple switch,
we started seeing results immediately. We found our silver bullet in MSX.
Our 43,000 users are safe and secure.”
-- Kristi Graning, VP Web Services & IT Marketing
“There was total Ease. It was hosted off-site, and we didn’t have to put any
hardware here. We also didn’t have to maintain the list. We were
done. That’s why we chose US Internet.”
-- Doug Roberts, Senior Internet Engineer
Minneapolis Public Schools
“The great thing about MessageXchange is that it is totally hands free for me. I don’t
think about it I don’t’ worry about it.”
-- Ricky Pugh, Exchange Administrator
Pricing and terms
Pricing is based on number of users within a given domain.
Organizations with over 1,000 users quoted individually.
No setup fees.
No cost, no obligation, 30-day trial.
No contracts - month-to-month basis.
A seven day grace period is provided after the initial setup notification to allow customers to point their MX record. (This allows for a full 30 day trail.)
Anti-virus protection – included.
24/7 all inclusive support - included.