Why must we charge to filter spam?
Spam filtering systems like our Spam Dam require much more network bandwidth, disk space, and system resources than web servers and mail servers. Today, effective spam filtering systems like the Spam Dam are, by far, among the hardest working components in cyberspace.
The Evolution of SPAM
How it was:
Spammers have learned a lot over the last 10 years. And their tactics for delivering spam to your inbox have become increasingly sophisticated.
In the past, hosting services filtered spam using the mail server's resources. Back in the days of Windows98 and even into the Windows XP era, this worked marginally well, but spammers have repeatedly defeated the mail server's defenses.
How it is:
Our approach to the problem has changed. Instead of taxing the mail server's resources to filter spam, we now utilize email filtering systems that are single minded, "cloud-based" and "upstream" of the mail server. This approach allows the mail server do its job - to simply be a mail server.
In addition, this prevents the spam traffic from reaching the network where your domain is hosted, and your website is located. (Often the same network on which your mail server resides).
This configuration helps both your web server and your mail server to do their jobs, without interference from debilitating levels of spam traffic. It increases server "up-time", and drastically reduces system failure.