Free Spam Filter DesktopOne Keeps Your Inbox Junk-Free

Last Updated Aug 5, 2010 2:30 PM EDT

Are you still dealing with a daily deluge of junk e-mail in your inbox? Cloudmark DesktopOne promises to kill spam dead -- and gets the job done better than any other product, according to PC Magazine.

The mag not only gave the software its coveted Editors' Choice award, but also bestowed a very rare five-star rating. Here's why:

Cloudmark sidesteps the problems of traditional spam filtering by relying on a community of more than a billion users. When any user marks a message as spam, it automatically sends a fingerprint of that message's characteristics to Cloudmark's servers. Once several users have flagged the same fingerprint, Cloudmark filters out that message for all other users.
This "crowd-sourced" filtering really works, PC Mag says; the reviewer encounter zero false positives (i.e., valid messages incorrectly flagged as spam), which tend to trip up many other anti-spam products.

DesktopOne works with all the popular mail clients: Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, etc. Best of all, it's free -- but only for one e-mail folder and account per computer. If you have more accounts that need filtering, the unlimited Pro version costs a very reasonable $19.95 per year.

I'm curious: what's your spam status these days? Are you lucky enough to have it filtered out by a company or Web-mail server? If not, have you used a different method to keep it at bay? Personally, I route my domain through Gmail, which filters 99.9% of the junk -- for free. Works like a charm.

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