Yahoo likes to talk
a lot about its oh-so-cool tools to fight spam, but just how effective are they? I
have a yahoo ID that I use only for instant messenger chatting. Of course it has
its own mail account too which I stopped using a few years ago. Of late,
however, Yahoo has started letting a lot of obvious spam through its
Don’t believe me? Here’s a screenshot of my in-box the last time I checked
mail on the yahoo account.
Apart from the first one which was legit mail (I’ve blurred it), the other
messages are clearly spam. They aren’t even the more deceptive ones that have
benign subject lines like "hello", "how are you doing", or
"I forgot to tell you".
Yet Yahoo fails to classify them as spam. They need to tweak their algorithm
a bit, I suppose.
(And before somebody asks, yes, the "SpamGuard" option is
enabled on my account. I checked twice.)