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Spam and suspicious emails
J&S automatically helps identify spam and suspicious emails by detecting viruses, finding patterns across messages, and learning from what email users like you commonly mark as spam or phishing.
If you click your Spam label and open one of the messages, you'll see a warning label at the top with a brief explanation about why that particular message was placed in Spam. If we think something is suspicious, we’ll mark the message with a warning label in your inbox for you.
Use this information to protect yourself from potentially dangerous or fraudulent messages and to better understand why a message was or wasn't marked as spam.
Here are some of the explanations that you might see:

Fighting Junk Email

Praantech's email safety roadmap involves an unmatched cross-product approach. Through this website and our anti-spam and anti-phishing filtering technology information, is being applied across Praantech's email platforms to provide customers/visitors with the latest anti-spam and anti-phishing tools and innovations throughout the network.
The goal for junkandspam.net is to offer a comprehensive and usable email service that helps detect and protect users from junk email, fraudulent email threats (phishing) and viruses.

The Challenge

Email has become an important communication tool not only for consumers but also for marketers, support staff, sales organizations, and businesses of all sizes. As email use has grown, so has email abuse. Unmonitored junk email can clog inboxes and networks, impact consumer satisfaction, and hamper the effectiveness of legitimate email communications. While technology alone cannot solve the problem, it is a critical component in our comprehensive anti-spam approach. That's why Praantech continues to invest in research and development to advance anti-spam technologies. Simply put, it starts by containing and filtering junk email.

Our Efforts

We offer a number of steps to minimize the negative impact junk email has on our users' email experience. For example, we've implemented a number of mechanisms to reduce the burden of junk email which currently prevents nearly 4.5 billion email messages from reaching junkandspam.net users every day!

Junk Email Filters promoted by Praantech Inc.

Microsoft SmartScreen®

To help reduce the consequences of junk email, Outlook.com includes junk email protection using patented SmartScreen® technology which screens email to identify and separate junk email from legitimate email. Based on Microsoft Research's patented machine-learning technology, the SmartScreen® content filter learns from known spam and phishing threats, user feedback, as well as from Outlook.com users who have opted to be part of our junk email classification program. These types of data help train SmartScreen® how to recognize legitimate email and junk email and are key inputs into sender reputation. Machine learning refers to the probability-based algorithms that are used to distinguish between the different characteristics of legitimate and junk email. Ongoing feedback from Outlook.com customers in the junk email classification program helps ensure that the SmartScreen® technology is continually trained and improved.

How does it work?

When an external user sends email messages to an Outlook.com account, SmartScreen® filter technology evaluates the content of the messages and assigns the message a rating based on the probability that the message is junk email. This rating is stored as a message property called a spam confidence level (SCL) within the message itself. The SCL rating stays with the message as it is sent to other anti-spam protection layers within Outlook.com.
Rules inside Outlook.com are set to handle email messages with various SCL ratings. If a message has an SCL rating lower than a certain threshold, it is considered spam and a rule then deletes the message rather than send the message to the users' junk email folders. If the message has a higher SCL rating than the threshold, the email is delivered to the user's junk email folder rather than to the inbox.

Symantec Brightmail

In addition to Microsoft SmartScreen®, incoming email is also filtered by Symantec Brightmail anti-spam content filter. Leveraging the Probe Network, a collection of more than 200,000 email addresses designed to attract junk email, Symantec's patented technology identifies and eliminates junk email before it reaches an Outlook.com users' inbox. Symantec's proven solution provides protection against unsolicited junk email by offering a dynamic technology that keeps pace with constantly evolving junk email. To learn more about this technology, please visithttp://www.symantec.com.

Outlook.com Filters

In addition to the anti-spam filtering technologies, Outlook.com also gives each user the ability to set filter levels to further improve the delivery of email to their account. Users can easily add a sender or domain name to the Safe Senders and Domains List so that the email from that sender or domain is never treated as junk regardless of the content of the message. Conversely, users can enable "exclusive" mode to accept only messages from the Contacts and Safe Senders List.
Email messages from a certain email address or domain name can also be blocked by adding the sender to your Blocked Senders List, or by clicking "Mark as junk" in the Outlook.com client. In addition, when a message is reported as junk email using the "Junk" reporting button in Outlook.com, we use this feedback from our users to help determine if future messages from that sender should be blocked or filtered automatically.

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