Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cloudmark DesktopOne – Cloud based anti-spam scanner

Cloudmark DesktopOne is a free email filtering tool released today by Cloudmark, a San Francisco based company that provides solutions to fight spam, viruses, phishing, and similar threats that affect email.

Cloudmark DesktopOne is freeware edition of Cloudmark Desktop, a simple, but effective spam-blocker for email that runs independently from your email client. It filters spam, phishing, and email-borne viruses whenever your computer is on, even if your email application is not open.


DesktopOne’s spam catching accuracy can be attributed to its unique cloud-sourced spam filtering approach. Rather than relying on intricate Bayesian fuzzy logic rules to distinguish spam from valid mail, Cloudmark relies on the brains of its users. When any community member marks a particular email message as spam, a digital fingerprint of that message goes to Cloudmark's servers. When enough members mark the same message as spam, that message gets filtered out for all other members.

The size of the community is hence an important factor that will determine how well the software functions. It should be mentioned that Cloudmark claims to have one billion subscribers all over the world. That is something to start with.

Cloudmark DesktopOne functions as a stand-alone Windows service that filters any POP3 and IMAP email account that you add to it, including HTTP based Web mail accounts. The difference between Cloudmark Desktop and Cloudmark DesktopOne is that the free edition can monitor only one account, while the commercial edition priced at $19.95 do not have this limitation.


If you use one of the supported email clients, DesktopOne installs a toolbar from where you can manage your accounts. Toolbar supported email clients are Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail and Outlook Express.

[via PCMag]


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