Tag: Postini

What Google should really do with Postini

Google bought another: first FeedBurner, and now Postini. I say another because these are both Mobius/Foundry Group/Brad Feld/Ryan McIntyre related companies – and congratulations are surely well deserved. I won’t comment on what Google should do with Postini – Fred Wilson has already done that, and I’m not particularly “spam inclined”. But I will say some of Fred’s comments are spot on, while others could use a little work:

  • False positives on validation emails are a big problem. But that’s really an issue for those sending the email.
  • Valid items in the spam folder are only a problem if you receive such enormous volumes of email from such a wide array of senders at a single email address that you are 1) certain something really important is falling through the cracks, and 2) rarely bother to clean it out your spam folder the first place.
  • Reputation will remain a problem until 1) the powers that be agree on a open, royalty free, inter-operable standard, or 2) Google listens to Fred while everyone on the planet simultaneously switches to Gmail.

The perception seems to be there is only one box. The real winner is going to be the one that thinks outside of it, and convinces the casual email user to follow suit.

UPDATE: More background on Postini, from Ryan.

No end in sight for spam

The latest report out of Postini showed a nearly 60% increase in spam over the last three months.

So, Bill Gates is still very wrong, and spammers got a little jump start on the holiday season. All the stock spam could be the reason the market hasn’t plummeted yet either. Maybe spammers should hit the mortgage market again, or hell…start selling properties.

Just what we need, complacency regarding phishing

I have recieved a half-dozen or so emails from colleagues, over the last two days, reporting phishing attempts. Some of these folks say they haven’t received many of these types of emails in the past, but now they are. So I have to ask what gives when I read that phishing attempts are on the decline.

Symantec Enters Hosting Market

Not unexpected, but Symantec, our fearless leader of producing 99% effective security protection tools, is going head on against Postini, MessageLabs, and the rest of the hosting family.

Threats peaked? Whatever!

Larry Seltzer of eWeek has an interesting op-ed entitled More Evidence Spam Has Peaked. Interesting, I say, as late in the article Larry points out a big reason why it might not have actually peaked (and why it may never go away).