Anti-Spam Update - Knuj0n and Boxbe

Posted by joy

Some up and coming anti-spam services I’ve heard about recently…

On the technical side, KnujOn offers a method to help identify the folks sending fraudulent email. As an end user, all you do is register your email address with the service so the address can be whitelisted and then send your email to KnujOn. The father/son team behind KnujOn collects the data and invites Web hosts, Credit Card investigators and law enforcement to use the collected data during investigations. As a bonus, the service sends participants weekly progress reports as to how many fraudulent sites have been taken down.

More information about Knuj0n can be found at Castle Cops and there’s even a Thunderbird extension for the service.

Aside from reporting spam, for inbox protection why not take a look at Boxbe? Boxbe is all about giving you a forwarding email address that you can share with others without the hassle of receiving spam. In order to reach your your pre-existing email address inbox, advertisers have to pay you a price you specify. As a value proposition, Boxbe protects your inbox and pays you for your attention.

The service is not without drawbacks, however. For example, when you set up a profile on Boxbe, you’re asked to divulge interests and other profile data, which Boxbe anonymously shares with advertisers. In addition, there could be problems with senders. If the sender doesn’t want to work with the Boxbe system (either by refusing to complete the sender test or refusing to pay to send to you), the email in question would land in your quarantine.

[tags] Email, Email Deliverability, Spam, Email, KnujOn, Boxbe [/tags]

2 Responses to “Anti-Spam Update - Knuj0n and Boxbe”

  1. Richi Jennings Says:

    While economic solutions to spam are an interesting idea, Boxbe is a terrible implementation. It’s a challenge/response scheme. Like all of these things, there’s a fundamental flaw: you can’t reply to spammers — replies go to innocent 3rd parties because spammers forge the return address.

    In other words, this actually creates more spam.

    More discussion at

  2. SW Says:

    I have to agree — the challenge response system is also a nightmare for mailing lists, or any other valid bulk mail. I participate on a few mailing lists where someone with a challenge-response email signed up but apparently didn’t understand whitelisting… and every single email to the list was matched by his automated response to it. Many lists members tried going through the validation process, contacting him otherwise, etc., but nothing worked. It went on for months.

    I’m personally more interested in automating personal responses to spam, as in the BlueFrog approach, but with clients that aren’t dependant on unreliable central processing.

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