Which webmail service offers the best spam protection?
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In between GMail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail, who do you think has the best spam protection and why?

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  • Cart Heather

    Are you folks for real?
    Or do you get paid by Google?

    Gmail is now the biggest spam machine on the market. You’d not believe the number of spam flooding our server, coming from – YEP, indeed … the Great Winner Gmail.

    on a %-scale I’d need to say, no less than 80% of all spam flooding in has a [at]gmail tail.

    we have, however, solved this problem very easy by ban and blacklist to every single IP used by Gmail. It works great as of now. Even big gurus like Google can be penalized, although they play up as being the only good out there. Most times it just those “self-proclaimed” gods who are actually worse than the devil.

    Sorry folks, but I neither like nor accept this, no matter how many billions of dollars rich you are, it doesn’t intimidate me.

  • Michael Frazier

    I too have accounts on all three services; Gmail being the most recent of them. Hotmail was; at one time, my preferred client but in the last year or so their spam filter has gone to the dogs. Yahoo doesn’t do too badly seeing as I don’t log in to find massive amounts of spam waiting on me. Gmail though is the clear winner though since I currently log into it infrequently and rarely have anything at all labeled as spam.

  • Christopher Royall

    I have an account with each of the services you have listed, and the one I have the least amount of spam is the one noted here already:  Gmail.

    Each of the accounts have settings that you can set that make catching the spam even better for that service, however, changing those settings, and what their defaults are what my recommendation is based upon.  Gmail’s default settings catches almost all of my spam immediately, with only an occasional false positive here and there.  Both Hotmail and Yahoo Mail’s default settings have not been enough, so I have had to go in and go to stricter settings, and create special filters.

    Also, the one thing that is most appealing to me in the decision, is that it sends it to the spam folder, and after 30 days, automatically deletes it without me having to go in and empty it manually.  Google also gives you so much space to utilize, that unless your doing some extreme business through the account that involves emails with the largest file attachments, the spam folder is not going to cause you to fill up the limits on your account.

    As far as the false positives I have gotten, most of them have been because someone sent like 5-6 emails with-in a small amount of time, which by most email providers is a good indicator of a spam attack.  Usually, however, I don’t get these because whenever I receive emails from people I know, the very first one I get from them, I will add them to my contacts, which automatically blocks gmail from mistakenly marking them as spam (unless you go into the settings and tell it otherwise).

    Now you might ask, why I have an email account with all 3?  Originally, I had Yahoo, when they were indeed a very formidable email provider, and have just kept that address.  I actually loved Yahoo for a long time, however, as Email providers and services have evolved, and updated, Yahoo just has seemed to be going in a totally wrong direction for me to recommend it to anyone anymore.  My ‘Hotmail’ account, is actually my domain account, which is my business.  My business domain is maintained by Office Live, which utilizes Hotmail for it’s services.  My Gmail account is my personal account and is used as such, however, with the growing services of Google, I am strongly considering moving my Office Live account over to them as well.

    Hope this helps answer not only the best as far as my opinion goes, but the why as well.

  • Sdd

    gmail is false-positives.

    • Cart Heather

      spot on. you seem one of the few realistic who don’t admire the golden curtain but check out the scrap hidden behind.

  • nerotic

    It’s not even close. GMail is by far the most effective of the 3. Every system has a false positives but you have to weight the good with the bad.

    In my case, I’d rather look in my spam folder (or label in this case) once every 3 weeks for that one email I was expecting rather than having to make 50 messages a week as spam.

  • Oron Joffe

    I have no first hand experience with Hotmail, but find GMail’s spam filtering to be more effective than Yahoo’s. Like Mike, I also find I get rather a lot of spam, but the vast majority of it is filtered correctly.
    The only real problem is that there are some false positives. About 1 in every 100 messages in the spam folder are ‘real’ messages, so I need to check the spam folder carefully before emptying it.

  • Hafiz

    After Using all most popular e-mail web services out there (Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail).
    I noted that Gmail has better spam protection than Yahoo! and Hotmail. Because even if I used my Gmail e-mail address while registering or posting on many different websites I receive hardly 1 spam in 2-3 days. In Yahoo! I receive about 15-20 spams a day. In Hotmail the number is even higher.

  • ANDREI T

    Yes, but anyone knows *why* some algorithms are better than the other? :)

    • Mike

      For one, there is no documentation about the algorithms and methods used for each serivces. And then there is no definite answer even if you would know.

      Since all three providers let you specify mails as “spam” and “no spam” I’m sure they all use some sort of Bayesian Filter among other methods.
      I will spare you the details how the filter works but you can look it up on Wiki
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayesian_filtering

      Basically, the more emails are defined as either “spam” or “clean” they more effective the Bayesian Filter works. This means a filter with 10.000 mails marked as spam and another 10.000 clean will not work as efficient as one with 100.000 for each.

      So there are two things we can already say:
      (1) They more user actually use the functions to specify mails as either spam or clean they more efficient the Spamfilter will work.
      (2) Depending on the users input different mails will be marked as spam.

      Also most providers have user specific spamiltering. This means a user who regularly mark unwanted Emails as spam and false-positives the better the experience of the user will be.

  • rMatey180

    Gmail then Yahoo!

  • Tilman

    I firmly believe that Gmail is the best. Not only because it has the best spam filter (although not perfect either) – but also because it just has by far the most exciting features to offer! I would never even touch any other webmail after all the fantastic (lab) features that Gmail offers!

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