The Future of Anti-Spam Protection

When it comes to modern computing, the future is now. But what about the future of spam protection? In this post, we’re going to peer into the future of anti-spam measures.

More Accurate Detection

First of all, it’s safe to say that the spam filters that are at work protecting today’s email accounts will continue to improve, until they’re operating at a near 100 per cent success rate. You’ll be able to spend less time sifting through potentially spammy messages, because they simply aren’t going to make it to your inbox in the first place.

Of course, spammers’ tactics are sure to evolve with the times as well, making it difficult to catch every single attempt at spam. However, it’s perhaps even more important that the spam filters of the future become better at identifying those messages that are not considered spam.

As an example, consider that some 7 per cent of emails sent by non-profit organisations today are incorrectly identified as spam. That’s not a terribly high figure, but it’s unfortunate that these well-meaning institutions have to be penalised due to the unscrupulous activities of others.

In the future, spam filters will be more intelligent than ever, correctly distinguishing safe emails from those that need to be removed from the inbox. And that’s going to be possible thanks – in large part – to the ongoing work of companies like MailCleaner.

Spam Protection Goes Virtual

To be fair, virtual and augmented reality are sure to become a part of virtually everything that we do with our computers, mobile devices and Internet-based activities. All the same, we’re already seeing hints of how our struggle against spam might look in a more virtual environment.

As an example, take Microsoft’s cutting-edge HoloLens – an augmented reality (AR) platform that is just now entering the developer’s market. Microsoft recently released an AR version of Outlook Mail for the headset.

The major innovation of this platform is that it allows you to free up your desktop by moving your emails into an augmented-reality space. You could, for example, move your spam folder to a virtual position on the wall to the side of your desk, so that you can glance over there to see what’s happening in the folder without allowing it to clutter your actual desktop space.

Or, as TechRadar put it, ‘HoloLens will let you throw your spam emails at a wall’. That may be a bit over the top, but we get the point.

Spam Detection in Real Time

We’re already seeing breakthroughs in real-time spam detection, and this is only likely to continue. A good example is the Twitter app Periscope, which allows users to broadcast events in their lives in real time so that other Periscope users can join in the fun.

The problem is that spammers like to join trending events so that they can unleash their pesky wares on the comment section. But Periscope is putting a stop to this by allowing users to flag spam in real time, with enough red flags leading the company to shut down the offending account.

MailCleaner Is Leading the Assault Against Spam

Whatever the future holds for spam protection, you can rest assured that MailCleaner will be there on the front lines. Have a look at our product features to see how we’re already accomplishing our goals in the present day.