Silent email filtering makes iCloud an unreliable option
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:06 AM
I've noticed the Siri returns filtered responses as well when I once did a search for "National Rifle Association" and got absolutely nothing on the NRA.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:24 AM
I have no problem with Apple filtering out items like "barely legal teens", but when you have examples like hmurchison's, I get concerned. Siri leaving stuff out based on some guy's political principles is very concerning.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:29 AM
For me, this makes the Apple system more usable. In fact, I use my Gmail account through the Mail.app, which often catches junk mail that Google missed. While I recognize the potential for missing emails with "barely legal teens" mentioned in them, so far the risk to reward ratio has been worth it for me. That is, the real benefits have outweighed the potential risks.
Just my two cents, and your mileage may of course vary.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:46 AM
Meanwhile, over at Google Mail, about a dozen e-mails per day went straight to my Spam folder. Ads for porn, Viagra, medical devices, phony Facebook alerts, etc. But then something changed. I have no filtering set up, but the spam has dried up dramatically. I'm down to a couple of unknown pieces of junk per week, and none of it porn.
The question that remains unanswered in this article is how other providers do their spam blocking, and whether or not they have filters set up that are similar to Apple's. The last paragraph weasels out with the qualifier, "as far as we know." In other words, the authors don't know.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:55 AM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:14 AM
Having some spammy emails filtered, or Google reading all my emails to customize ads aimed at me. Wait, Mailbox doesn't show Google's ads.
Seriously, Apple, it's this kind of thing that weakens your position.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:17 AM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:26 AM
As an old spam hound, a senior user and contributor at SpamCop.net, I know one reason Apple's spam filter is so good. I contributed to it. For YEARS I would add notes to my spam reports pointing out anything associated with pornography with the message 'Imagine if a CHILD received this!'. And the spam blacklists responded. You can thank ME for the fact that Apple, and many other spam blacklist using services, specifically filter for ANYTHING porn related in email. I never want a child receiving this garbage, and am happy it has significantly come to pass in Apple's mail system.
IOW: This has to be the most worthless and wrong-minded rant fest I have ever read at MacWorld. Shameful.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:27 AM
What I'd really like to see is cloud (or server, really) based junk mail filtering so my junk filters from my Mac worked for all of my devices. Clearly the software exists, it's in use now. Sort of.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:30 AM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:48 AM
I have similar problems with gmail although at least with gmail I can go into the spam folder and retrieve valid messages.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:59 AM
Me also. When testing, Apple remove a mail about my barely legal teen son driving his first muscle car, but failed to remove messages with the phrases "[censored] sucking kids" and "nude pre-teens". The policy of filtering without considering context is straight from the 1990's, and the poor effectiveness of the spam filter makes it in useable anyway. Like you, all my personal mail is now through gmail. Icloud is only there for emergencies if gmail has a fault now.