ClearMyMail is an antispam system that can, with almost no effort or complex configuration, stop all unwanted email without suffering false positives.

Ingenious as this sounds, there’s obviously more to it than whitelisting. From only a few dozen permissions, the ClearMyMail server was able to work out that emails on similar themes (earn more money, buy Viagra and so on) should simply be junked without asking for a permission to be set, thereby avoiding the subscriber having to spend as much time choosing which email to receive as reading the legitimate stuff. After a few weeks, it worked pretty much transparently, bothering us only every now and again regarding a particular sender.

Similarly, relying on whitelisting alone would be dangerous. What if a legitimate user inadvertently forwarded a dangerous file? ClearMyMail has an antimalware filter for such occasions.

Gratifyingly, the ClearMyMail system didn’t suffer a single false positive. This was a personal email account with a limited number of legitimate senders so it’s hard to say how well it would have coped in a small business situation where significant numbers of legitimate emails were being received from persons unknown. However, it appeared very sure-footed.

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Multiple email accounts

On the topic of SMB and enterprise accounts (those not wanting to run their own server), the company does offer to quote on multiple email inbox protection with discounts of 25 percent for every new inbox. Given that it costs $29.95 per account protected, per year, ClearMyMail could become relatively expensive for more than a couple of accounts. However, the company has said it is looking at this – customised quotes are offered on application.

Beyond this bias towards protecting single email accounts, the system is also designed to work with POP3 email. Webmail accounts won’t work, unless they can be run through a POP3 conversion service first.

ClearMyMail: Specs

  • POP3 email account
  • internet connection
  • POP3 email account
  • internet connection

OUR VERDICT

If you are fed up with spam, then ClearMyMail is the business. It stops spam in its tracks and, from our experience, does so without causing the almost as worrisome headache of rejecting valid emails without good cause. It is simple to set up for POP3 account holders, but offers lots of control if you want it. Some ISPs perform spam filtering and so only a handful of unwanted emails get through. ClearMyMail is probably overkill for this fairly rare type of user. Apart from not supporting webmail (yet), the service does introduce one small unknown. All email is being run through not one but two services, namely the ISP providing the account and ClearMyMail’s, which is two possible points of failure. This wouldn’t worry most people, but it’s worth being aware of.


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