Gmail antispam is awesome!

My arinet.org email is hosted on Gmail because of it’s speed, reliability, generous space and most of all is it’s awesome antispam. Why is that?

When Gmail detects a dangerous spam such as regarding account info or financial data, it will not only mark it as spam and move it to the spam folder, most importantly is it will also deactivate the dangerous link inside the spam. This dangerous link is a fake link that on the surface (in the email HTML) shows the legitimate URL such as paypal or facebook, but the real link is pointed to the criminal’s website. Often unsuspecting users would just click the link and fall to the trap and the result could be disastrous like hacked facebook or even paypal account.

Your paypal account got suspended? Come on…

Someone is interested in your Microsoft password

See the red warning by Gmail. And the link is also deactivated, preventing users from clicking it.

4 thoughts on “Gmail antispam is awesome!

  1. This is not something special, many – if not most – e-mail clients have this feature for years. For example, I am using alpine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_%28e-mail_client%29) a humbly console-based e-mail client which when displaying HTML part of an e-mail will warn when a link have text that suggest different URL. Other – GUI – e-mail clients like SeaMonkey Mail, Thunderbird, and Claws Mail (http://www.claws-mail.org/) have this feature as well.

    If some web-based e-mail provider fail to provide this feature, probably just another hint that it is actually safer to use stand-alone e-mail client than to use web-based e-mail in general. :-)

    • Saya sampai kira2 tahun 2008-an menggunakan email client, mulai dari jaman pake Windows: Outlook Express, trus ke Linux: Thunderbird, Kmail, dll. Tapi email client kurang cocok ke saya karena saya orangnya “hampir” tidak pernah menghapus email. Setelah bertahun-tahun total email di harddisk saya mencapai lebih dari 1 juta email dan akibatnya berat banget jalanin email client. Akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk menggunakan full webmail saja, sampai akhirnya saya hook arinet ini ke gmail.

      • Nggak mudeng apa hubungannya pakai program pengakses ratel dengan mesti menyimpan ratel di cakram kaku. Saya juga mengakses Gmail dan Yahoo Mail lewat Alpine kok, tanpa satu pun ratel disimpan di cakram kaku komputer saya, kecuali mungkin sementara kalau memory di-”swap-out”. Persisnya saya akses dua itu lewat protokol IMAP, yang memungkinkan saya baca ratel tanpa harus disalin ke komputer saya.
        Program pengakses ratel lain barangkali meski IMAP tetap harus disalin ratelnya, tapi pasti tidak harus semua, melainkan bisa kita setel mau berapa banyak ratel yang ada salinannya di komputer kita, sementara ratel yang di peladen Gmail atau Yahoo Mail tidak dihapus.

        • Maksudnya memang “habit” saya untuk “mengkoleksi” email2 tersebut ke dalam harddisk. Saya orangnya nostalgic dan suka nyimpen2, termasuk email.
          Bisa diingat juga jaman dulu kapasitas inbox kita di ISP terbatas (dulu saya pake email di CBN), jadinya memang email2 saya sedot ke harddisk dan saya hapus dari ISP. Juga ketika saya menggunakan mailbox sendiri di arinet.org, kapasitasnya terbatas jadi saya sedot dan hapus.

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