A New Service for Kaspersky Anti-Spam Users

Kaspersky Labs, a leading information security software developer, and the company’s technological partner, “Ashmanov and Partners”, linguistic analysis expert, present a new schedule for the release of anti-spam database updates. The updates will now be released 12 times a day, increasing protection against spam and providing a proactive response to new spam epidemics.

This new schedule for the release of anti-spam updates is superior in frequency to all analogous solutions offered on the international market. Kaspersky Labs’ continual efforts to provide protection against the very latest types of spam mean that the solution is unique on the international market. The new update schedule will, at the same time, offer Kaspersky Anti-Spam users the most effective defence possible against spam.

Today spam accounts for, on average, 20% of global Internet traffic, and on some days reaches 70%. According to Kaspersky Labs’ estimates, in 2002 the world economy lost approximately $15 billion as a result of spam. If current trends are maintained, in 2005 every second email will be spam. Taking contemporary developments into account, it is clear that protection spam is of keen interest to all concerned.

Spam is distinguished by the variability of its characteristics and the wide range of linguistic and technical traps deployed in order to avoid spam filters. In order to combat spam, constant updating of spam recognition technology is required.

The new service for Kaspersky Anti-Spam users is an impressive counter-move to the growing activity of spammers. The updates are developed by a linguistic laboratory, which has a fully functional system for collecting information about new types of spam at its disposal. The system includes data from control mailboxes throughout the world and messages from users of major mail systems and Internet providers, including Kaspersky Anti-Spam users. All in all, the linguistic laboratory processes more than 100,000 messages per day. Since messages are sorted and analysed automatically, analysts remain free to rapidly develop effective protection,

Each update undergoes comprehensive testing in order to exclude false positives; the updates are made available to customers, who can download them remotely via the Internet, only after rigorous testing is complete.

“We work in real time to protect our clients from new types of spam. This is the only way to provide effective protection, since new types of spam are discovered daily. The introduction of a new download schedule for Kaspersky Anti-Spam updates is therefore another service-oriented development here at Kaspersky Labs”, said Andrei Nikishin, Product Development Manager at Kaspersky Labs.

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