Google: Spam Targeting Gmail is on the Decline

Thanks to the Gmail anti-spam engineers and the feedback they receive from their users, friends, and colleagues, the spam situation on Google's e-mail service is improving. As most e-mail providers do, Gmail offers a "Report Spam" button that informs the company which e-mails do not deserve placement in the user's inbox. Not only is more spam being placed in the appropriate folder, but it appears that spammers are getting discouraged. According to the anti-spam team over at Google, attempts to spam Gmail users have been levelling off over the last year and more recently, are even declining slightly. It's too bad no numbers were actually given, seeing as for all we know Gmail accounts could be getting the most spam of all, but regardless this is excellent news for all the Gmail users out there!

News source: Google Blog

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I have noticed an increase over the past few weeks. But didn't think much of it, other than that they got more aggressive. I empty my folder daily so I can watch it. Sometimes some legit gets through, but otherwise, it is quite effective for sure. Some new stuff lately has slipped through, but the reporting works well.

as for all we know Gmail accounts could be getting the most spam of all

OMG, this guy never used hotmail it seems....

The gmail spam filter is 99,9% efficient for me. I get may be one spam per month in my inbox.

Ikshaar said,

OMG, this guy never used hotmail it seems....

The gmail spam filter is 99,9% efficient for me. I get may be one spam per month in my inbox.

Exactly.
Gmail is the best on filtering spam.
Hotmail is the worst. What's Microsoft doing with all its money.
What a disrespectful company.

I haven't been receiving any considerable amount of spam. Like.. 15-20 spam messages per week and all of them are correctly filtered. And most of them are very alike, something very automatic. So in my case, gmail doesnt get "the most spam of all". But my address hasn't been published anywhere, and I don't use it when I register in websites, so that must be it :P

Would be nice if they would allow the user to deny all emails of a particular type though. Each and every day, without fail, I get Chinese spam in my GMail spam box. As I don't even read Chinese in the first place, I'd like to just deny receiving it in the first place. It doesn't even need to go into my spam box.

Yes, I don't think I've seen much of a decline, but on the other hand, with 50+ spam mails per day (god knows how as I don't leave it out, I assume they simply guess the address), I get maybe 1 through... per every other week.

Huh? Gmail supports blacklists, including with wildcards. Have you explored their filter yet?

They support incredibly much more than just blacklists too with that, with customized actions, so it should be a goldmine if you discover it.

Jugalator said,
Huh? Gmail supports blacklists, including with wildcards. Have you explored their filter yet?

They support incredibly much more than just blacklists too with that, with customized actions, so it should be a goldmine if you discover it.


Yes, I did. And it fails a lot.
I also added my newsletters as contacts, and made filters to put them in the inbox: Gmail still tags some mails as spam.

I usually find ways to filter out a lot of spam, but lately, I notice my spam box that used to fill up to around 500 at the end of the week, is actually down to maybe 11 every couple days. Didn't really think about it until now though. Good work, Google.

Gmail actually has the best spam filter of any I have tried. It does an excellent job at separating spam from your regular mail. And it doesn't even use or need any "training" like so many other so called spam filters require.

well wlm spam have more problems than gmail since i mark them as spam and report them as phishing but its still getting in my inbox and no the spam folder...

same here. spam number of mails have decreased drastically over the past few months. good going gmail!

i always use the report spam button for anything not supposed to be in my inbox. seems to work well.

other then known spam for using email address on innapropriate sites with warez and stuff like that gotta love the filters. I actually used my email address on some website for a credit card application, next thing i know next few days my inbox was full with crap offers from different companies. and using their remove me from list feature is highly unrecommended since they sell your email address to other companies that to this kind of crap. can;t wait fro legal action against these lowlife losers that do nothing but look for email addresses ont he web and create autobots that do this automatically.

BOO!!!!!. Death to spamers!

Honestly, I have seen a decline in spam in my "spam" folder in Gmail and last time one split through, it was a few months ago.