- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593270526
- ISBN-13: 978-1593270520
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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A highly recommended read for anyone in charge of controlling spam in a corporate environment. -- Midwest Book Review, September 2005 (http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/sep_05.htm)
Does a good job of addressing advanced, complicated issues, but putting it in terms that readers can grasp. -- Netsecurity.about.com, August 29, 2005, http://netsecurity.about.com/od/5/fr/aabrendspam.htm
Does a great job educating us on logic and thought taken to combat this SPAM blight on the Internet. -- MacCompanion, August 2005, 5 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended read for anyone in charge of controlling spam in a corporate environment [and] on their own system. -- Readers Preference, readerspreference.com/reviews/endingspam.html
IT managers who want a better understanding of how anti-spam products work should shell out the $39.95 price at once. -- eWeek, July 25, 2005
If youre looking for a primer on how the anti-spam battle is fought, you cant do much better. -- InfoWorld, July 14, 2005,
Leads the charge against what has become a very significant challenge to both productivity and sanity -- Book News, September 2005 (http://www.booknews.com/issues/sci-current.pdf)
Not only enjoyable but actually captivating. -- Linux Magazine, October 2005 (http://www.linux-magazine.com/issue/59/Book_Reviews.pdf)
The first book explaining the fine details of the theoretical models and machine-learning algorithms implemented in these filters. -- Slashdot, August 15, 2005
This book is down, and dirty, loaded with information, and will make your head-hurt (in a good way). -- MyMac, August 29, 2005, mymac.com/showarticle.php?id=2074
About the Author
Jonathan A. Zdziarski has been fighting spam for eight years, and has spent a significant portion of the past two years working on the next generation spam filter DSPAM, with up to 99.985% accuracy. Zdziarski lectures widely on the topic of spam.
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This book gives you a lot of background on the growth of spam and the various type of spam on how each new variant of spam effects different type of spam detection with obvious concentration on statistical analysis and not the tradition aka "dumb" forms of regex matching and etc.
The only gripe I have is that I feel there is too much time spent on the growth/history of spam. It would be better if the entire book is dedicated at the art/science of statisical analysis and fighting spam.
Note that this book does not target the lowest denominator and some the science flew over my head. Well, I did flunk almost all my higher ed physics and stat classes so take this with a spoon of salt.
Also it is written on the cover that it is f.e focused towards developers, network admins etc. I would consider the target customer to be IT Managers, or other curious people who want to get an overview.
Thats what it does and it does it very well in my eyes.
The book provides simplified, abstract overviews of some available spam filters solutions.
The book is provided into 3 parts
- An Introduction part to spam filtering (Chapter 1-4)
- A part describing "Fundamentals of Statistical Filtering" (Chapter 5-9)
- an the third part describing "Advanced Concepts of Statistical Filtering" (Chapter 10-14)
Its a bit confusing that Chapter 4 has the same title than Part II. So perhaps Chapter 4 should have been part of "Part II" ?
The Chapters which I found most interesting were:
Chapter 4 "Fundamentals of Statistical Filtering"
Chapter 7 "The Low down dirty Tricks of spammers"
Chapter 9 "Scaling in Large Environments"
I am sure the author could have easily filled the book with Chapter 7 alone. The book is very entertaining and has a nice motivating writing style. You might at times find some rant about the spammers which I have chosen to ignore as it doesnt contain any valuable information or anything which I didnt know already. While I might agree to some of the authors views, I believe that the rant does unfortunately do exactly the opposite in my eyes and does give spammers credit to how they do their work.
I personally was actually looking for a companion book to "The Book of Postfix" to help me further explore new anti spam technology.
I was hoping to find overview charts, being able to compare different solutions,features, (dis)advantages. So in this sense, I was actually looking for workshop style instructions, tuning advice, troubleshooting advice etc.
The authors does explain f.e (Chapter 14) Collaborative Algorithms but he does not go into detail which products support the feature and how to perform the setup. He does provide some weblinks in his book from which the interested reader might further investigate the topic.
From reading the Chapter10 on "Testing Theory" its easier to conclude why the author doesnt go into more detail. If he would have done so, the book could have been easily 2-3 times the size.
I assume, this is partly due to the fact that the anti spam technology /products/market is still fairly young .
"Ending Spam" gives a very BASIC INTRODUCTION to the current available Anti spam technology and some chosen products. After you have read the book you have a first vague idea what type of solutions exist. You will actually need other books to intensify the "knowledge" you have gained here.
The fact that the book is written in simple terms makes it easily acessable for a wide market, however if you are a technichian you will perhaps find that the book just doesnt contain enough "meat" for you.
I would still recommend the book for Managers which need to know only the rough details, beginners, or a first time read for newcomers.
The first few chapters of the book, possibly too much of the book, are devoted to an overview of the history of spam and the traditional techniques used to detect and filter spam. It is a good overview and helps to provide some foundation, but readers trying to learn Bayesian filtering or Markovian discrimination should probably already have an understanding of the essential concepts of spam.
Overall, I think this is a very good book. It is written with a style and content that is not so simplistic that you can't learn anything from it, and yet not so complex that you can''t learn anything from it either.
Spam blocking is essential in order for email to remain a viable form of communication. Getting 100% spam-blocking is virtually impossible as one person's spam is another's legitimate email, but reading Zdziarski's book wil definitely put you on the right track.
The author includes an excellent section on spammer tricks and how they get past fileters as well as what to do about it. This section alone makes the book worth the price. Ending Spam is a highly recommended read for anyone in charge of controlling spam in a corporate environment as well as on their own system.