eDoxs – Dealing with SPAM so that you don’t have to.

imageThe eDoxs service is an excellent way for companies to deal with SPAM. Once you sign up, you replace your domain mail server (MX) records with eDoxs servers, and they accept or deny the e-mail on your server’s behalf. Any valid mail gets forwarded on to your mail server.

eDoxs is the service that my company uses. This is not a pay for post, I was just reminded recently how much I love their service, and I wanted to post about it.

I’ll explain what reminded me a little later in this post. First, let me explain a little bit more about this service.

The SPAM and Nothing but the SPAM

There are a whole lot of anti-spam services and software out there, but eDoxs’ big selling point, for me at least, was that eDoxs has a 0% false positive for their SPAM scanning. In other words, not a single legitimate email is going to be labeled as spam.

I’ve had to deal with other companies blocking email from my company for really dumb reasons, and I didn’t want others to have to deal with that when they were sending email to my domain.

It isn’t a perfect system, but I prefer to know that I have some spam that gets through, rather than have valid email that get blocked.

Saving you Bandwidth and Server Space

Mail that is accepted is scanned for viruses and malware, compared to known black lists, and scanned to see if it matches any known SPAM. The virus definitions that are used get updated every 4 minutes, from Symantec, before the updates are available to the general public.

I signed my company up with eDoxs years ago, and have been a very happy customer ever since. As soon as I signed up, I saw a dramatic drop in my bandwidth utilization, and I think I would’ve  needed at least twice the bandwidth that I have now, if it wasn’t for eDoxs.

What brought this up

The reason this came up is that eDoxs called me a couple of days ago to let me know that for some reason, I have had a dramatic increase in the number of email coming into my company’s domain.

It looks like some bot net has singled my company’s domain out for a dictionary attack.

You see, lately we have been receiving about 3 Million emails a day.

Yes, that is a whole lot of email. About 2,083 emails a minute!

Thankfully only a fraction of them are sent down my Internet connection, and on to my mail server.

If you’re looking for a corporate email solution, I highly suggest eDoxs. The money saved in circuit costs, not to mention employee time, makes the service a bargain.

Thank you eDoxs!

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4 thoughts on “eDoxs – Dealing with SPAM so that you don’t have to.

  1. Wow. That’s a lot of spam.

    It would be interesting to know if your email server could even handle that if you didn’t have eDoxs running interference for you.

    That’s almost 37 messages per second. Have you ever load tested that server?

  2. It would be interesting, but only for like a second or two, or maybe even theoretically. I really wouldn’t want to give it a shot. Thanks though. 🙂

    Anyway, I load test it every day 🙂

    Seriously, I haven’t load tested it. It handles my normal email traffic with single digit processor utilization, really the storage is what I needed the most.

    I really don’t think that the processing power would come into play, I would saturate the internet connection before I even came close to hitting that.

    If a message gets sent to recipient a@company.com from a@SpoofedEmailAddress, that’s one message.

    Then my server is going to send a non-deliverable to a@SpoofedEmailAddress.com. That’s two.

    Spoofed Email Address’ server is going to send my server a Non-Deliverable Message. That’s three.

    If eDoxs wasn’t identifying them as SPAM and killing them, I would be looking at 9 Million email messages a day. 111 a second. I would be doomed.

    Even if I could handle that amount of email, I couldn’t handle the legitimate email, which is hefty already, and the normal traffic.

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