Abaca’s founder spent five years perfecting the next generation of email protection
Abaca’s founder, Steve Kirsch, is a well-known Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur. He has created a number of companies with a collective market capitalization of billions of dollars. And yet with all the notoriety that accompanies starting and running successful technology companies he never hid his email address. Over time Kirsch’s inbox was filled with spam, and he became frustrated with the leading anti-spam products. They had poor performance, failed to block enough spam, and tagged too many legitimate emails as spam.
"Can you afford to let 1,000 attacks per day inside your network—that’s what 98% percent accuracy means in a typical organization. And most solutions don’t even approach that level of effectiveness." Steve Kirsch
He set out to find a solution that works. After two years of research, he developed a mathematical model that could detect spam no matter what spammers would do to circumvent the filter. It also made fewer and fewer errors over time. The patented Abaca® ReceiverNet™ technology works in the cloud and gathers important information from large groups of users, such as which users tend to receive more spam than others. Using this data, the Abaca algorithm instantly creates a mathematical probability model for each mail. By combining that rating with other advanced techniques such as deep envelope inspection—the Abaca Cloud™ email filter delivers zero hour protection and virtually zero spam to users’ inboxes.
Abaca’s early customers achieved 99% or better spam filtering. The largest customer—Yahoo! Mail—offered the perfect proving ground to perfect the technology and tune the algorithm. As a result, the refined Abaca Cloud solution can catch illegitimate email with 99.997% accuracy. That translates to 10 times greater accuracy than anything else available. Abaca Cloud™ currently is the spam protection engine at Yahoo!, filtering billions of emails every month and keeping Yahoo! Mail users’ inboxes clean.
Now, Abaca has launched this proven second-generation technology for use by enterprise and government customers as well as small to medium-sized businesses.
Our customers love us, this what Yahoo has to say:
"Yahoo! is known for industry-leading spam protection, which ensures that 260 million users worldwide have a safe email experience. Abaca’s sophisticated receiver reputation technology is a key asset that helps us block over 130 billion spam emails every month so that only the right messages make their way to the Inbox"