Logging into Gmail does allow you to block emails if you want to classify each email as spam. Simply click on the Gmail block sender in your email account. However, this can be tiresome especially when you might have potentially thousands of emails to block in Gmail. Furthermore, it typically doesn’t clean emails from that person or company in the past. The Gmail spam filter can be pretty accurate but it doesn’t account for marketers or businesses you may have bought something from that continue to solicit your email account.
Gmail is one of the most popular email providers available following only behind Apple. Gmail supports three protocols (POP, IMAP and POP). POP was one of the first protocols introduced and lacks many of the features of IMAP. IMAP is the preferred protocol of most modern email providers purely because of the increased functionality and security. IMAP typically uses port 143 or 993 depending on how the email provider is set up. Port 143 is unsecure and uses plain text to transmit emails. Not to worry, InboxLock uses features Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) on port 993.
InboxLock uses two conditions when rating emails. First, Bayesian statistical learning attempts to predict the probability of the incoming emails as spam. Upon installation, the filter has no idea what is right or wrong but with enough clicking it will quickly learn who you are as an individual. Second, the program attempts to retrieve the rating from the community. It is very important that you choose to share your ratings with others (check share data when connecting) to improve the accuracy for future users. These two conditions are combined together for a final score.
Gmail is cautious of any small websites because they have the potential to be harmful, especially when blocking emails in Gmail. I’ve been able to prove my credibility through Thawte code signing, proof of encryption and my accreditation in the community. How they choose to deal with me in the future is unknown but there is no reason for alarm. Google in my experience has been very understanding with small businesses so hopefully they will continue to work with InboxLock in the future.